of Anti - Piracy Drive
Message: This is a story about piracy in the land of opportunities.
Where the laws are
the toughest. Where you see people being arrested for even tress
passing.This article is to highlight the piracy that has flooded
telugu movies in USA.
We have been seeing and hearing the articles being posted on xxxxxxxxxxxx.com.
When you guys are so cautious about this piracy why sell these
DVD's. We have seen articles blaming each other's or spreading
word that each is responsible for the other just to cover up their
basic acts. The real story that has folded out during our survey
in the market being that the distributors V-films & Chitravanam
who are the top 2 distributors blame each other due to there rivalry
for buying exhibition rights in India.
The real culprits
have been taking advantage of this situation and have been spreading
piracy left-right and center. It's a shame on them. Instead of
fighting against the piracy they indeed blame each other for the
gone to such an extent that they want the producers in India to
take their side of the story. Instead of asking the producers,
who spend there valuable time in getting us some beautiful movies
it is time that these people work together and stop blaming each
other and fight the piracy.
The news is
that the pirates are in Chicago, California. Web sites should
not support these pirates. They should report these people to
the local police
or to the exhibitors/local DVD manufacturers as they have more
to proceed further. The new trend in the industry being the producers
are willing to spread their hand to the people who put there effort
in getting the pirates out of the market. So I advice Chitravanam
to stop blaming V-films or vise-versa. The saying goes: KUCH PANE
KE LIYA KUCH EGO
And stop worrying
who I am.
Thank you for this sincere opportunity
Hope to see this article on your web pages
State/City: Los Angeles
Message: I do not support pirates! The producers do not
gain their royalties. In several ways it is their own fault. Obviously
there is a market for DVD media. Yet, the producers have not met
up to this demand. In the US, it is a pain to try and see a telugu
movie at the theater. First of all, 98% of the time the movies
are played at a D-grade theater. Which means either low-class
visual or audio. Secondly, in Los Angeles, most of the movies
that come out are only exhibited for ONE SHOW ONLY! if you miss
that show, then you missed your chance of seeing that movie.
had stated that Producers don't lose because they are not giving
up the rights. which means that the Pirate authors are the only
ones to gain. my oppinion is that the Producers infact lose! They
are most likely losing the theatrical bound customers as there
are some that prefer to watch the pirated VHS or DVD because of
the conviniences provided by them.
the only way to stop piracy is strong law enforcement, and release
High quality DVD after/simulatneously of the theaterical release...but
not too far after.
DVD consists of these basics:
-original aspect ratio of the film
-Original audio track of the film (Dolby Digital and DTS)
-clean menu access
-decent multimedia visuals
-16x9 anamorphic enhancements/transfer
-my personal favorite is special features that include all trailors/promos
of the film!
-also would like to see trailors of upcoming films of DVD and
at the theaters. (ads!)
State/City: Washington, USA
Message: In Santa clara,CA we have a store called Kohinoor
where in they rent new film videos like Kushi,Nuvve Kaavali etc.,
I really wonder if they have any copyrights on them...somebody
should take an action if they r pirating.. Its a death blow to
telugu movie market as Kushi,Nuvve kaavali etc being played in
theatres across US.
Message: I LIKE PIRATED COPIES BCOS THE QUALITY IS SAME
AND PRICE IS LESS.WHY
SHOULD I PAY MORE FOR THE SAME QUALITY DVD?
State/City: Detroit, MI
Message: As long as there are any new or old good movies out
on DVD, I will continue to rent and buy DVD's which are out there.
I hope Romoji comes to senses and releases Nuvve Kaavali on DVD.
I would like to own this DVD and many more.
State/City: Washington D.C
Message: I feel that the producers who buy rights for USA
Distribution should first take care that their film is protected
from piracy.They should lodge a complaint to FBI about copy right
violation.Under federal law these pirates will be arrested and
will be jailed upto 10 years in jail and $250,000 fine.Unlike
India, here violators will be strictly dealt for copyright violation.You
do not see English movies in Indian stores as they cannot make
copies and rent them for $1 for one week,because it is copyright
infringment.So I would suggest that if the producers do their
job we as telugufilm lovers will do our job to inform these producers
which Indian Stores stock these pirated movies and will help in
combating piracy.Then only we can expect quality movies in DVD
or Video tape.
State/City: Washington, USA
Message: Availability is a big factor for me. Piracy is good,
because the producers will be encouraged to release the new original
DVD's ASAP. I am tired of watching new telugu movies in Video,
so I amy buy/rent the pirated DVD's, beacause they are available
State/City: Chicago IL
Message: FOR UR KIND INFORMATION BADRI IS NOT PIRATED,U
CAN SEE OUR ADDRESS AND PHONE #S ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE COVER.
IF U HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH BADRI PIRATED PLS CALL US FIRST, BEFORE
U ADVERTISE IN UR SITE, U BETTER TAKE IT OUT OF UR SITE NOW. THIS
IS NOT A REQUEST THIS IS A WARNING.
Response: We have verified the same with the respective producers.
Your warning is been ignored
Message: I just wanna complain about one site, where they
are selling 'Premate Idera'.
The site name is xxxxxxxxxxxx.com and its placed in "Unidentified"
in DVD section. I know its one of the best site but still canot
avoid selling it.
State/City: new york,usa
Message: Evil should be nipped at bud. To wipe out audio
and video piracy of Sothern films will be an herculean task. This
has been going unchecked and unabated for nearly a decade. Piracy
can be killed only with proper law enforcement and stiff penalties.
Video pirates go scot free with puny penalties and resurface,
Their busines does not need any investment save a vdieo camera.
The money the pirates have amssed in the past is being used to
make pirated dvds! United we stand divided we fall/fail. God save
Message: I totally agree with your view about the piracy...
But also think about this....
The Telugu audience is ready for DVDs but our film makers are
hardly coming out with DVDs for the latest/old and good movies....
I myself bought Bavagaru bagunnaara DVD but I did not know that
it was a pirated one! How would I know? As long as the quality
is good and as long as it is not illegal on my part then why should
I care? Am I supposed to ask for a authenticity certificate from
the DVD vendor? And even if I ask why would he show it to me?
What is the legal coverage we, the people, got in this matter....
are so many good movies but most of them are not on DVDs and so
the demand for the pirated DVDs is growing day-by-day..... Not
just the three DVDs which you have mentioned... I can mention
atleast 20/25 DVDs which might be pirated including Ninne Pelladatha,
Annamayya and many more..... Why don't we solve this problem?
Why don't our film makers come with out with authentic and genuine
quality DVDs? When a original is available why would anyone want
to get a pirated DVD?
donno how much my voice matters.... I do detest piracy and I totally
understand the plight of the movie makers..... But what would
the audience do when they need to watch movies and if they want
to collect some good movies and if they are available only in
pirated versions? How would you stop the genuine and legal need
of the people?.... I guess it all boils down to the fact that
our film makers need to grow up and change with the time and cater
to the needs of the Telugu people.
I rest my case....
Message: I do not support piracy. But there are few things
that we should understand. Can you ever get new film DVD's except
for the small movies? Producers like Ramanaidu and Ramoji Rao
dont sell there rights. In a drive we should ask them to do DVD's.
Then I think piracy will come down automatically. Let them say
that they are going to give the rights after the picture is out
from the theatres. EVERYBODY WILL WAIT FOR A DVD and for a good
print and that will make good market.
Message: There is a saying in Telugu " Amma Pettadu,
adukku tinanivvadu".. Our producers (Specially RamojiRao,
Rama Naidu and many others) never release their movies on VHS/VDC/DVD.
They are more concerned about their films ReRuns. Here in US have
no choice except watching Pirated versions. We donot get all the
telugu movies here is US. There is no choice left until producers
release the DVDs themselves as Tamil/Hindi producers do. If any
one is responsible for the current situations, they are the Producers.
No one else.
Message: Please don't think me wrong. But here is my Thought.
I own around
32 telugu Telugu DVD's and 250 + Others( English/Hindi). I completely
agree that we should not encourage Piracy. It sounds really very
good to say that. But as a movie lover who is at loss??? The producers
do not release originals. and the originals that are released
many look worse than the pirated. Just think of this, Last year
around October pirated DVD's used to be released and used to were
available in all Indian stores across US. The producers realised
and to kill this piracy, they started releasing the original along
with the Movie with a very good quality. So currently you don't
see any pirated Hindi Movie. Of course you can see pirated song
would say the producers have to comeout with QUALITY originals.
If not I would not bother if it is a pirated or original. B'cos,
from my collection some of the pirated are far far beter than
the originals. Mostly I may not buy them any more, but they are
worth renting and far beter than the pirated video cassettes.
State/City: Baltimore, USA
Message: Ramoji Rao pays 3 lakhs a Nuvve Kavali box? Why?
Couldn't he tell the Malayam producers of 'Niram' that they too
copied it from an English movie "Whatever It Takes"?
This is how good the piracy rules are in our industry. Looks like
whoever first copies from an English movie, owns the rights to
that story in India!!!
If that is
legal, why can't the company that first makes illegal DVD's own
the rights to that movie on DVD??
I hope Ramoji
Rao finds out that this movie is originally an English movie and
he has equal rights to copy it
State/City: CT, USA
Message: The anti piracy drive is a good idea.I support
the drive to stop cinemas from being pirated.For a financially
struggling industry like cinema where so many people make a living,
piracy spoils and eats into their food.It certainly should be
Audio and such other material, Piracy should be encouraged. Some
of the Vendors pay a hefty sum for Audio rights and pass that
costs onto customers.Not every body can afford that high amounts.We
know for sure that the material is not worth that amount and it
does not cost that much to make an audio cassette/CD. If they
charge for the intelletual rights, then they better define intellectual
rights. Piracy makes them lower their prices to stand in competition.
from western or other films, make little or no modifications and
release them and make customers pay a fortune for it. This is
the tell tale story of many movies.If a Music director pirating
a tune is not considered piracy then what is ?
Let the film
walas stop pirating stories,tunes,scenes etc from other movies.Then
they stand a moral right to ask people to join anti piracy.What
hard work are they talking about when they copy tunes,stories
from other films?
It is very
unfair to throw everything back to the people when the root cause
and solution lies with the filmi walas.
Message: One way to eradicate piracy is by innovative means
to make these DVDs and Cassettes affordable even to a layman.
I read that
to make a copy of Audio CD costs 1 AUD i.e. 25 rupees. Where as
it will be sold at not less than 150 rupees. Where is all the
margin going? Obviously high royalties and high profits !!!! Ha,
your greediness to reduce the piracy. The more affordable these
things are, the more less the crime will be.
State/City: Chicago, USA
Message: Our discussion about anti-piracy will not yielding
any positive result as long as people are there to watch movies
no matter how bad the copy was and how bad even the audio was.
As long as people can make money out of this, the piracy will
continue and flourish. It's a two way street. Match fixing in
Indian cricket will continue as long as there are people betting
on them for a quick buck. In a city like Chicago, telugu movies
are screened in an old movie theatre( I mean very, very old)with
no parking and the film oesn't look clear on the screen, but still
they keep on showing them . As long as people settle for less,
that's all they are going to get it. If everyone is disciplined
enough to reject low quality pirated copies, we can change the
outcome for the better in the future.
Message: Encouraging pirated copies of movies by renting them
is not good for the movie industry. I see only one solution to
bring an end to this. Our producers should consider realesing
their movies on video and DVD after the successful run of their
don't feel bad about renting them because our very own producers
copy movies from English and other languages without paying them
for the story.
you all think Ramoji Rao paid any money to the makers of 'Whatever
it Takes' which is copied with very few changes to telugu as Nuvve
Kavali? Some of our best directors like Ram Gopal Varma are popular
in copying from lesser known english movies as they can gget full
credit for them. Even Kamal's Indrudu Chandrudu is an exact copy
of English movie.
I don't feel bad about jumping in the piracy world along with
them all. If they change we all will change too!!!
State/City: Hyderabad, India
Message: The rates of the audio should come down so that
it's made affordable to lay man.People tend to go for the cheaper
stuff even though it does'nt offer quality ,all they care for
is their star's.Even the true fan's are
helpless, though there are campaigns against piracy the real target
can be achieved only by those who make these audio's .Nothing
more worse can happen to the telugu industry.Once our actors campaign
towards killin it so will the movie lovers.One of the first steps
taken towards stoppin pirated stuff was by Nagarjuna in a GreatIndia
entertainer (premakatha)& then in (Azad).These little steps
really made the difference in the industry.Rates of most of the
audio's came down.the rates of c.d's which was a whooping 250/-
came down to around 100/- now.No real telugu movie lover i'm sure
would like to buy the pirated stuff its just the high rates that
make them go for the pirated ones.
[ KILL PIRACY SAVE MUSIC ]
State/City: Las Vegas/USA
Message: I am sorry to here that once again that certain sect
of the people are Stoop down to abysmal depths. Piracy has always
been a problem for TELUGU CINEMA. From the days of Audio cassette,
till an year back with video cassettes. Now its a sad feeling
that this bug has bitten the DVD media also. As a consumer of
DVDs I pledge that I will not entertain the use of pirated copies
of TELUGU DVDs knowingly. To avoid the factor unknowingness I
would like to request services like yours to put out some information
of the movies that have been pirated and are taking over the market.
To give an example one of the telugu cinema web portals ran informative
add that a pirated version of "Annamayya's" movie is
in the circulation. I hope you could also do something in the
for initiating a fight against piracy of TELUGU Movies.
Message: I hope pricing audio cassettes around 30 rs had
reduced had reduced piracy to some extent.My strong opinion on
releasing vedio tapes or VCD's is that producers can happily release
them after 4 to 5 weeks except for superhit films for which whole
family will go. I donot why they are giving chance for the buisiness
of pirated vcd's.May be they have some association protocols.
Message: I am Prashanth, and regarding the anti piracy
drive, I have a few words of mine to say. I happen to know one
of the centres in the city for all sorts of pirated VCDs, DVDs
and video cassettes.
of the shop is Eshwar Video, in the busy Punjagutta centre in
the city of Hyderabad. It is in the huge complex of Shati Shikara
Apartmnets, in the lane opposite to the Muslim Masjid in Punjagutta.
I dont of
what, if any, action is going to be taken against the store, but
as previously mentioned, I would like to say my opinion. I hope
something is going to be done regarding the issue, not just voicing.
State/City: Baltimore, USA
Message: To be anti-piracy one should have a choice to
buy/rent originals. When we don't have a choice to buy/rent originals
we movie lovers tend to go for the pirated movies.
I think our
Telugu film industry should learn from Hollywood about releases
movies on video. Look at our big telugu productions like Suresh
Productions and Usha Kiron Movies. They hardly released any of
their movies on VHS forget about on DVDs. They should see the
reasons behind the success of great banners like Disney which
makes the bulk of their revenue from Videos.
Once I see
more choice, I would surely be an anti-piracy costumer. But for
now, I'll enjoy watching the pirated copy of Annamayya DVD because
it is far far better than having no choice.
Message: Video piracy should be discouraged as much as possible.
But I would like to point out that in the case of Telugu films,
there's hardly any other way to get them; the studios release very
few films for sale on video or DVD. In that sense, the studios are
not really losing money - it's not a choice between buying authorized
or pirated copies. It's a choice between buying pirated copies or
nothing. The demand is out there. If the studios would market authorized
tapes and videos I'm sure most true fans would show their support
for Telugu cinema by buying legitimate products instead of the illegal
ones. (They'd be better quality, anyway!) As a flip side to the
anti-piracy campaign, I suggest a pro-legal release campaign. It's
a big market and the studios should start tapping into it!
Message: Here in u.s people are looting money esspecially
telugu vedoes are very bad and we are not able to see one good print
let piracy go on atleast we can see good print
Message: please kill piracy...allow our producers,directors
and other film staff to give us good and great entertainment as
piracy will abstuct them for all details...for example in 1996 all
audio casette rate was 40rs and audio quality was good and there
were many piracy and to kill piracy audio casette rate came to 25
rs and now audio casette quality is not good as 1996..its truth
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from this shameful act eating the cinema industry like a moth.
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