The virtual film party seems to have come to an end in Mollywood.
The Anti-Piracy Cell has booked cases against those who uploaded the Amal Neerad-directed Malayalam film Bachelor Party on the Internet and downloaded it for viewing. The cell also zeroed in on the illegal uploaders and viewers of other popular films like Ordinary, Mayamohini, Grandmaster and 22 Female Kottayam.
A preliminary list of 16 illegal Bachelor Party viewers , including non-resident Keralites, has been submitted to the chief judicial magistrate court here on Saturday. A second list containing the IP address and other personal details of 1,010 viewers, including non-resident Malayalis and even non-Malayalis, has already been drawn up.
The Anti Piracy Cell has found that over 33,000 people have illegally watched Bachelor Party on the net. Their IP addresses and other details are being prepared. The uploading is done mostly by teenagers, a source in the Anti-Piracy Cell said.
One of the accused, an engineering student in Navi Mumbai, has already been questioned.
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In the wake of nearly a thousand people being booked for uploading and downloading Bachelor Party online, experts suggest that a paid service might be the only way out
More than a thousand people were booked by the police for uploading as well as downloading the film Bachelor Party from the internet on Saturday. At the same time, several other films such as Ordinary and Grandmaster continue to be downloaded by lakhs of people and no cases are being registered.