‘Udta Punjab’ pirated copy hosted by over 700 websites

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The illegal link to watch the controversial ‘ Udta Punjab ‘ has been detected in as many as 732 websites by the anti-piracy wing of the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce.

“It is clear that the movie is a copy that was submitted to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for certification,” said A Raj Kumar, who heads the anti-piracy wing in Hyderabad. The film, which got a CBFC certification on Wednesday, was available on the internet on the same day.

As soon as the filmmakers noticed this, they lodged a complaint with the cyber crime cell of the Mumbai police. “We were also contacted to identify the sites on which it is available. We are now getting them removed,” Raj Kumar said.

However, it is not that simple. Even as the identified websites are removing the link to the movie, it is sprouting up on more websites. Thus, the anti piracy wing has its task cut out for it.

 It may be mentioned that the full 2 hours 20 minutes of the movie got leaked on the net even as it is scheduled for release on Friday. Not just that, the pirated film was made available in DVD too in Mumbai. On the print, it is clearly written ‘For Censor’, giving rise to doubts that it has been leaked by someone from the CBFC office.

The anti-piracy wing is now providing all inputs and details to the filmmakers so that law enforcing authorities can take the necessary action.

This is not the first time that a film got leaked on the internet before its release. In Tollywood, 40 minutes of the Pawan Kalyan-starrer ‘Attarintiki Daredi’ was found on the web before its release in September 2013. It was finally found that someone involved in the editing of the film was responsible for the leak.

 Filmmakers had taken extreme precaution before the release of SS Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali’ too last year. The anti-piracy wing found a pirated portion of the film online on the day of the release and got it removed immediately.

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