What’s one thing which is common between the Indian movies – Udta Punjab, Great Grand Masti and Kabali? All of these movies were plagued by the issue of piracy and were released ‘online’ illegally even before they were actually released by the makers. Bollywood now may be divided over the issue of ban of Pakistani artists in India but it has always stood united against the issue of piracy. But that doesn’t seem to be helping a lot because piracy continues and in full throttle without any inhibitions!
Piracy is illegal but it can lead to a jail term. But some people doesn’t seem to worry about that! Just the day on its release (October 7, 2016) Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directed and Harshvardhan Kapoor starrer movie, ‘Mirzya’ found its way on the internet. Mirzya was uploaded online on a certain YouTube channel named ‘Zahid Zemi’. The artwork on the channel contains a picture which says, ‘DCS, leading cable TV network.’ (Image below)
Two days after that, on October 9, 2016, it was uploaded on the YouTube channel named ‘Bmz entertainment’. It’s shocking to note that ‘Bmz Entertainment’ (Image below) has more than 6,600 subscribers and the subscriber base in increasing rapidly. The user has also uploaded the 2016 Bollywood movies Laal Rang and Sanam Teri Kasam on the channel. The user also audaciously urged the subscribers to follow him on facebook. The link will lead you to the facebook account of one ‘Usman Danish’ from Rawalpindi, Pakistan. While some people in the comment section can be seen warning the user of the consequences of piracy, it’s sad to see others urging him to upload other movies!
Interestingly, the movie uploaded on both the channels has the watermark ‘Join4films’. The site www.join4films.com, has been banned and opening it will display this text. “This URL has been blocked under instructions of a competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. Infringing or abetting infringement of copyright-protected content including under this URL is an offence in law. Ss. 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957, read with Section 51, prescribe penalties of a prison term of upto 3 years and a fine of upto Rs.3 lakhs. Any person aggrieved by the blocking of this URL may contact the Nodal Officer at email@example.com for details of the blocking order including the case number, court or authority to be approached for grievance redressals. Emails will be answered within two working days. Only enquiries regarding the blocking will be entertained.”
Well the site may be banned now, but the damage has already been done, for people who entertain piracy must have laid their hands on ‘Mirzya’ and several other films before the ban of the site! We at Nation Next are completely against piracy and we urge our readers not to support piracy directly or indirectly.