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Mani Ratnam moves court to stop piracy of ‘OK Kanmani’

News Helpline | April, 22 2015

With “OK Kanmani” Mani Ratnam’s marked his first big hit in Tamil in 15 years since Madhavan’s debut film Alaipayuthe. Mani had directed 7 films in the last 15 years, some bilinguals too, but none made any big impact on box-office.

Mani Ratnam filed a petition to stop piracy of the “Ok Kanmani”, he moved to court seeking directions to stop Google India, YouTube, BSNL, MTNL, Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices from broadcasting the film.

Now, Madras high court restrained 12 telecommunication companies and two online sites from infringing on the copyright of Mani Ratnam's recent movie 'O Kadhal Kanmani'.

In his petition, Mani Ratnam said the government had failed to check the distribution of pirated materials on the internet. The original version of the film was pirated and disseminated through CDs, Blue Ray discs and other information and technology systems. Further, piracy on the internet could only be prevented by blocking the URLs of sites suspected of disseminating pirated versions of films, he said.

He said according to the Information Technology Act, the 12 telecommunication companies and the two websites were intermediaries. An intermediary is defined in the act as any entity which received, stored and transmitted electronic records. Inadvertently, through these 14 intermediaries, massive piracy was being committed, he said. The IT Act had clearly said that intermediaries had to exercise due diligence to prevent piracy, he said.
When the matter came for hearing, Justice K Ravichandra Babu granted an interim stay. The matter has been posted to next week for hearing.

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