Piracy is one of the biggest problems that our film industry is facing right now. Simmba, Maari 2, 2.0, Sarkar, Andhadhun are just some of the big releases that fell prey to piracy within hours of releasing in the theatres. A website called Tamil Rockers is responsible for leaking such films.
It has become a source of nightmares for filmmakers and producers because just a day after the release of a movie, Tamil Rockers leaks the film online, which anyone can download. The people behind this site uploaded the pirated versions of Tamil, Telugu, English, Hindi, Malayalam and other language films on their site. Maari 2, Kaala, KGF, Seema Raja, U-Turn, Thugs Of Hindostan, Aquaman and even Zero were leaked on their site.
The site is especially popular amongst the Tamil & Bollywood buffs. When Rajnikanth’s Kaala was released, the first-day movie tickets were really expensive and hence the footfall was less. However, Tamil Rockers had a tough time getting the movie at first, but they uploaded it later.
There have also been allegations on the TFPC (Tamil Film Producers Council) President of having a share in the Tamil Rockers website. The team of Tamil Rockers keeps changing their domain name constantly and hence they manage to leak every single movie.
Preventing piracy from happening has been a difficult task, and despite laws, it still continues unchecked. The Copyright Act 1957 is applicable throughout India, and under the law, if you are convicted for the first offence, you could be jailed for six months or up to three years. You would also have to pay a hefty fine of Rs 50,000 or Rs 200,000, depending on the crime.
Piracy is a cruel act and there is zero tolerance for it.