Lyca, Vishal deny allegations

Lyca Productions has strongly denied allegations made by Savukku website, linking it with piracy.

In a statement, Lyca said, “A few days back savukkuonline.com carried an article accusing Lyca Productions of advocating and propagating online piracy.

Lyca Productions is a leading Indian Film Production and Distribution company. The domain names under which the so-called piracy activities were carried out are lycamovie.com and lycamovies.com. Lycamovie.com was created on May 21st, 2014 under the admin name Tamil Tamilan. On May 22nd, 2014, the website was re-directed to Tamilgun.com a popular online piracy site. On 2nd June 2014, Lycamovies.com was created under the same admin name Tamil Tamilan.

Subsequently, Lycamovies.com was also redirected to Lycamovie.com. Activities on both Lycamovies.com and Lycamovie.com were shut down by 29th June 2014. At this point, we would like to clearly state that neither Lyca group nor Lyca productions were in anyway associated with either of the domain names — lycamovies.com and lycamovie.com. Following this, the domain name lycamovie.com was not renewed by the previous admin Tamil Tamilan and it became free.

Lyca Group undertook the domain name Lycamovie.com on July 5th, 2017. Lyca Group could not acquire the domain name Lycamovies.com as the domain name was renewed. It is common corporate practice to acquire domain names with prefixes and suffixes as a company expands.

Presently lycamovie.comis redirected to lycaproductions.in, Lyca Productions’s official website. We would like to reiterate Lyca Productions was in no way associated with lycamovie.com prior to July 5th, 2017. Also post-July 5th 2017 there has been no online piracy activities on lycamovie.com. Therefore the allegations against Lyca Productions are baseless and intentional to defame the company name.

“As an organization, Lyca Group has strongly advocated Anti Piracy norms and has taken extensive steps to curb piracy for both our films and other films. If there is any substantiating evidence against us, we are willing to clarify it in any forum. It is disappointing that a verified online site like savukkuonline.com can carry such a defamatory article without clarifying it with us. That goes completely against Journalistic integrity. It is further disappointing when other media houses carry this without checking with us or clarifying the same. We have decided to take stringent action against the media houses and personalities who have spoken baselessly against Lyca Group. We at Lyca Productions believe in strong content creation and have always supported the film industry at every juncture. We request everyone not to believe baseless allegations and to clarify anything with us directly.”

Meanwhile, Vishal was quoted as saying by TOI, “That’s a huge allegation they are making on a production house (referring to the site claiming that a production house is involved in piracy) and I really do hope they have proof to substantiate their claim. Is it a problem that they are funding my films, or other films as well? The Kerala police have nabbed the admins of TamilRockers.

That said, we are trying to cut the mother source because all prints that have been uploaded online have been taken from theatres. That’s why we’ve been asking for a joint meeting with theatre owners. There should be thorough vigilance for at least four days after a film’s release inside the theater. Only then can we completely root out piracy.

As far as the issue of censored movies not releasing, the question has to be answered by Mr Jhabak, Michael Rayappan, Pandiraj and others. We’d given them first preference… April 27, May 4, May 11… but they were not ready to release the films because of some issues. Movies are releasing as per queue system. And people can check it up, but come to the council office and do that. We’ve maintained accounts for all the expenses. No one can misappropriate funds nor take money under the table. As of now, I haven’t received any communication regarding the happenings. I don’t know which reputed producer has a problem with the council’s proceedings… the industry is going in a righteous path and let our actions speak louder than words.”