AACT seizes pirated DVDs of latest films worth Rs 81 lakhs

Mumbai: Alliance Against Copyright Theft (AACT),has seized 81,338 DVDs & made 29 arrests in Mumbai,during the first two weeks of November 2010.

In the first three days of November, AACT raided areas like Ulhasnagar, Dahisar (E), Dadar Station (W), Goregaon Station (W), etc. where they seized almost 18,000 DVDs. In all, 9 arrests were made, 3700 inlay cards were confiscated along with 12 DVD writers.  

On 9 November 2010, almost 6000 DVDs were seized from Oshiwara, Bandra & Fort where 5 men were taken into custody.

On 11 November 2010, manufacturing units at Kandivali & Nagpada were brought down by AACT & its enforcement agencies. During the week, roadside stalls at Vakola, Worli Naka, Flora Fountain, Goregaon Station (W) etc were also raided & a total of 52,000 pirated DVDs were seized.  The agencies arrested 20 people as a part of these raids.

On 13 November 2010, along with SS Branch, Mumbai Station, AACT conducted a raid on a godown on VP Road in Bhayander seizing 31,000 pirated DVDs.

UTV Motion Pictures VP Operations Prakash Nathan said, “The constant raids that have been conducted by AACT have put the business for the pirates in jeopardy. Many pirates have been compelled to shut down their business completely. It is a matter of pride for us that we have been able to control piracy at important locations. Moreover, from the number of calls that we receive on the toll free number, it is heartening to note that our efforts are being recognized and that the common man is willing to participate.”

Recently AACT has also expanded its operations to the entire Northern belt. In a recent raid in Lucknow, the coalition seized pirated DVDs worth 6.8 crores. The raids are a part of AACT’s continuous initiative to control piracy in India.