The Madras High Court on Friday banned 169 service providers and 225 websites from releasing Rajinikanth-starrer Kabali, which is slated to hit the screens on July 22.
Justice N Kirubakaran passed the interim order after the producer of the film S Thanu filed a writ petition.
“The petitioner is said to have suffered heavy loss due to online and video piracy of his movies ‘Therri’ and ‘Kanidhan’, and his apprehension regarding illegal downloading, streaming, etc of his upcoming movie by rogue websites is well-founded,” the judge said in the order.
“Hence, this court is convinced to grant an order of interim injunction restraining the licensed ISPs listed as respondents 7 to 175, from giving access to the rogue websites listed in the schedule to the petition, and other similar websites indulging in online piracy and infringement of copyright pertaining to the film ‘Kabali,’ and more particularly prohibit them in territorial jurisdiction of India from exhibiting, releasing, projecting, screening or in any manner providing platforms for downloading the film Kabali which is already censored and slated for release on July 22,” he said.
The writ petition requested the court to direct Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to issue instructions to all service providers to block websites offering illegal download of the film.
Tamil Nadu Anti-Piracy Cell too is also named in the petition.
The petition claimed more than 70 percent of total revenue generated online was garnered by illegal downloads of films, music and pornography. Only 30% was paid for by people using for legal purposes on legal means, he said.