Ten the­atres un­der scan­ner for piracy; TFPC wants new pro­jec­tors seized

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU - ARUNKUMARSEKHAR

TAMIL cinema has been fight­ing piracy for a while now, al­beit un­suc­cess­fully as ev­i­denced by the lat­est leaks of pop­u­lar films 96 and NOTA just hours af­ter their re­lease. The lat­est salvo fired by Tamil Film Pro­duc­ers’ Coun­cil (TFPC) against piracy has come in the form of a let­ter dated Oc­to­ber 11 to QUBE cine­mas. A list of 10 the­atres, in which video piracy is al­leged to have oc­curred, have had their pro­jec­tors seized, and ar­rests have been made. How­ever, with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion yet to com­mence, QUBE has re­port­edly in­stalled new pro­jec­tors at these the­atres. The TFPC has termed this an as ‘aid­ing and abet­ting crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties; and have re­quested the dig­i­tal ser­vice provider not to pro­vide new pro­jec­tors to said the­atres and if pos­si­ble, seize the ones al­ready sup­plied. The TFPC has also re­quested QUBE to stop sup­ply­ing film con­tent to said the­atres.

In re­sponse, Satish, spokesper­son for QUBE cine­mas, said, “We are legally and con­trac­tu­ally bound to pro­vide them with pro­jec­tors. How­ever, there have been in­stances when clear in­stances of C-form can­cel­la­tions have led to the the­atres be­ing in­ac­tive, which in turn meant we weren’t obliged to pro­vide them with pro­jec­tors.”

“We have helped the TFPC in iden­ti­fy­ing the the­atres where the piracy has hap­pened, thanks to our foren­sic team which had cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the the­atres be­hind leaks of films like Oru Kup­pai Kad­hai and Raja Ran­guski. As for con­tent re­stric­tion, the fi­nal de­ci­sion is in the hands of the pro­ducer. As long as they do not give the go ahead, we will not hand over the KDM (key de­liv­ery mes­sage) without which films can­not be played,” Satish added.

SR Prabhu, trea­surer, TFPC, has wel­comed QUBE’s ef­forts in erad­i­cat­ing piracy.

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