Anti-piracy cell seizes latest Hindi and Hollywood titles

MUMBAI: The pirates seem to be unfazed by the several raids that lead to confiscation and arrests. And if it was mainly the DVDs and VCDs of Hindi films that used to be available a day before their release, now it‘s gone down to Hollywood films.

The Mumbai police along with AA Khan & Associates conducted a raid at Lower Parel station, a western suburb of Mumbai, on 6 May that led to the seizure of 3000 pirated DVDs and CDs of many Hindi and English films.
Interestingly, the team laid their hands on 100 DVDs of Iron Man 2, a day prior to its theatrical release in India.

Along with the DVDs of Iron Man 2, 300 pirated discs of Housefull were also uncovered in the raid along with DVDs of Paathshala and Phoonk 2. However, no arrests were made in the raid. 

Earlier this week, a joint team of AA Khan & Associates and SS Branch, Mumbai Police, also conducted a raid outside Andheri Station, another western suburb, and the team seized close to 4000 DVDs.

Two arrests were made during the raid and the accused where booked under sections 51, 52(A), 63, 68(A) of Copyright Act along with sections 292A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Says AA Khan, “The recent launch of the anti-piracy coalition between Hollywood and Hindi studios will help us push this initiative further. People need to remember that besides denying the creators of the content their fair share, the proceeds from such sales fund several illegal activities including terrorism in India and abroad.”

In the first quarter of 2010, VCDs and DVDs of over Rs 5.5 million were seized and over 50 arrests made in Mumbai.

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