Shemaroo anti piracy raid nets Rs 1.12 million

MUMBAI: Shemaroo’s anti piracy team recently nabbed one person openly selling pirated VCDs and DVDs of Hollywod and Hindi films near the Andheri railway station in Mumbai.

According to a company release, the vendor, Yusuf Chappalwala was charged under Sections 51, 52 A, 63, 68 of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 and taken into custody by the Andheri (East) police. Close to 5000 pirated VCDs and DVDs worth Rs 1.12 million (Rs 11.24 lakhs) were recovered from his stall, claims the company.

Shemaroo claims that while its anti piracy wing had raided the same vendor last year at the same place, the illegal business continues to thrive due to tacit support of the authorities.

The stalls were not removed, says the company, despite the Railway Police Force and the Andheri (East) Police Station having been informed. There are more than 2500 pirated stalls in Mumbai, claims Shemaroo.