HC stops online release of Petta, Viswasam

HC stops online release of Petta, Viswasam

The Madras High Court today banned the online release of upcoming flicks Petta and Viswasam.

The films starring Rajinikanth and Ajith, respectively, are set to be released on 10 January during the Pongal holidays

Late last year, the makers of the Rajinikanth starrer 2.0, Lyca Productions, had moved a plea in the Madras High Court before the release of the movie, producing a list of 12,564 illegal websites.

A ban on Tamil Rockers would block around 2,000 websites operated by the website. Lyca’s counsel Vijayan Subramaniam contended that even if Internet Service Providers (ISPs) block access to Tamil Rockers, the website immediately creates mirror websites that continue to stream pirated versions of movies.

Lyca had sought an injunction against all such websites in the court. Despite the plea, Tamil Rockers had managed to leak 2.0 three days after the movie released worldwide.

After that, movies like Dhanush Maari 2 and Vijay Sethupathi’s Seethakathi too were released online illegaly.

Despite the Madras High Court order to block more than 12,000 websites, including 2,000 Tamilrockers sites, Tamilrockers continues to leak new movies. It mostly keeps changing their domain to hoodwink authorities. The list of movies leaked recently also includes Seethakaathi, Aquaman, Odiyan and 2.0 among others.

Despite several efforts, the authorities have failed to stop Tamilrockers from leaking movies online. They have been a menace to producers and distributors, for several years now, causing huge loss to the film industry.