As Akshay Kumar–Rajinikanth starrer 2.0 movie releases today, the Madras High Court has directed 37 internet service providers (ISPs) to block over 12,000 websites that exhibit pirated versions of Tamil movies. The list includes more than 2,000 websites operated by ‘TamilRockers’. Justice M Sundar passed the order on Wednesday while allowing a plea moved by Lyca Productions Private Limited, the movie’s producer. Also Read - Tuticorin Deaths: Shocked Rajinikanth Demands Justice for The Father-son Duo, Says Police Officers Involved Should Not be Spared
When the plea came up, Lyca’s counsel Vijayan Subramanian produced an extensive list of 12,564 illegal websites. The counsel contended that when ‘TamilRockers’ website is blocked, it immediately creates mirror websites by changing an insignificant part of the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or any other extension, and are therefore able to reinstate the infringing material with minimal effort. Also Read - Laxmmi Bomb Posters: Akshay Kumar Looks Fiery And Amazingly Mysterious in Raghava Lawrence Directorial
Subramanian produced a probable list of extension of ‘TamilRockers’ and sought an injunction against all such websites. Also Read - Akshay Kumar on Playing a Transgender Role in Laxmmi Bomb: This Film Has Made my Understanding of Gender Equality Better
According to Lyca, its latest venture is 2.0, starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson and others. Directed by S. Shankar, the movie is releasing in more than five languages, including Mandarin in China.
The trailer for the promotion of the film has been released. The official trailer, published on YouTube, has already garnered 13,089,498 views, the council said.
While the company has acquired all exploitation and distribution rights including theatrical and music, besides other rights, including TV, internet, digital and home video exclusively, under the Copyright Act, it apprehended that such illegal websites might exhibit pirated versions of the film soon after its release.
According to the council, the web pages and websites which provide such links are multifarious and are disbursed all over the globe.
Such websites are allowed to be viewed in India through various internet service providers such as the 37 listed in the plea, the company contended.