The first pirated VCD of Chiranjeevi's latest blockbuster
Tagore was seized in Pandellapally, Vetapalem Mandal (near
Cheerala) by a fan called Govana Seenu. The video shop's owner's
name is Srikanth.
producer Madhu arranged a pressmeet in association with the
film producer's counsel and the cell of Video Anti Piracy
today at AP Film Chamber.
- the convener of video anti piracy cell - declared that they
burst the biggest video piracy racquet with the help of Chiranjeevi
fans. The high-level police officials AK Khan and Gangadhar
led this operation. 5 people were arrested in this case so
far. Even small employees in big production houses are involved
in this piracy scam. Allu Arvind had a special mention for
Raj Kumar (of KAD DVD) for putting brilliant efforts for helping
them in finding out the pirate and roots of piracy. Allu Arvind
said that he is not revealing the modus operandi and names
of the pirates because the cops are currently investigating
said that the producers counsel is appealing to the Government
to include video piracy under 'Organized Crime Act'. Piracy
of VCD is just like piracy of software. Hence he said that
Video piracy should be included in Organized Crime Act just
like software piracy was included. He said that they are planning
to give licenses to the video shops so that video shop owners
would become accountable. He said that the film industry is
organizing a seminar on the problems faced by film industry,
which would be attended by the film personalities, exhibitors
and distributors on 13th of November 2003.
said that the producer counsel has requested the government
to arrange a separate enforcement body for video piracy. He
said that Telugu film industry is ready to fund the expenses
incurred by that special enforcement body.
appreciated the sustained efforts of Allu Arvind in curbing
the video piracy and opined that all producers should come
forward to save their respective films from the pirates. He
added that video piracy is leading to the survival crisis
for Telugu film industry.
said that fans of all heroes should come forward to help the
producer by curbing piracy. He mentioned that the fans should
not restrict themselves to putting up banner and cutouts.
They should come forward and help the industry by identifying
pirates and informing the details to the producers.
said that if he finds that anybody in the library of TV channel
involved in the piracy, he would make sure that those people
are handed over for legal action.
producer B Madhu has announced a bounty of 1 lakh to the informer
who gives information about pirated Tagore video cassette.
Chiranjeevi gave away Rs. 1 lakh to the Chiranjeevi fan Govana
Seenu who gave the first information about Tagore pirated
here for the press note.