Mumbai police, UFO Moviez crack down piracy racket

MUMBAI: A major film piracy racket has been cracked by the Mumbai police and has arrested four people in Gujarat. The police raided Shivam Theatre at Bilimora in Navsari district of Gujarat and have seized substantial incriminating material.

It all started when Yash Raj Films, producers of Tashan, discovered a pirated DVD of the same movie in the market and upon analyzing it found the security arrows and watermarks, which are put in by UFO Moviez during digitalization.

Yash Raj Films raised their concern and UFO inturn quickly found out that the camera print has been generated at Shivam Theatre on 25 April at 2.30 am by placing a high-end camera infront of the screen in an empty cinema hall.

Pirates being unaware of the fact that UFO technology inserts a watermark slate during the playback of the movie. This water mark is unique for each theatre / movie and show. Once that water mark is found in any pirated content, UFO technology can detect the date / time and location of the act.

Once that watermark was found in the pirated content, UFO moviez promptly lodge a formal complaint to the enforcement branch of Mumbai police with proper documentation. The police taking due steps involved Central Forensic Lab at Kalina and attested the findings of UFO. Then based on the report by the lab a special team led by Inspector Gadekar was dispatched to Bilimora on 15 May.

Gadekar and his men raided the theatre and the residence of the manager and owner and arrested the culprit Vikram Patel. Vikram would be produced in court on Wednesday.

Rakesh Maria said, "The piracy market in India is worth Rs 4000 crores and deprives the government of crores of rupees of Entertainment Tax. According to a report commissioned by USIBC (United States India Business Council) to Ernst & Young eight lakh people across the world lose their legitimate livelihood every year. Mumbai being the epicenter of Indian film industry the State Home department has put piracy top on its agenda and recently extended stringent provisions of Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act to Piracy which is awaiting the Centre’s approval. DCP – Enforcement Sanjay Mohite supervised the overall investigation in this matter."