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Indian Music Industry and Censor Board crack down on piracy

13-November-2006
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Indian Music Industry and Censor Board crack down on piracy

It was a sealing of a different kind. The Indian Music Industry’s (IMI) anti-piracy team, along with the Censor Board of India, conducted a raid on October 9, 2006 and sealed a piracy unit in West Delhi. The raid on the establishment, operating under the name of Dugobs Replication Company, led to seizure of goods valued at over Rs 20 crore.

The piracy plant, located at A – 25/ 2 Naraina Industrial Area, Phase I, has been sealed and the establishment owner, Hiranand, has been arrested. In total, over 90,000 CDs and 1,000,000 inlay cards have been recovered along with equipment, including a stamping and molding unit, a printing unit, a packing unit, a plant handling computer system and over 19 stampers.

An FIR has been registered against accused Hiranand at the Dabri police station, South West district, and he is currently in police remand while further investigations are going on.

Commenting on the raid, J N Saxena, Deputy Chief Coordinator, IMI, said, “This is an excellent piece of police work on information provided by IMI, and the police is now pursuing leads for facilitating further investigation. It is IMI’s constant endeavour to eradicate piracy, and together with judicial bodies and governmental agencies, we hope to one day seal all such nefarious establishments and bring to justice those who are guilty.”

Elaborating further, V J Lazarus, President, IMI, added, “IMI has been working for the last 10 years to control piracy and in the last four months itself, it has conducted raids on two of Delhi’s biggest CD plants – Deepak Arts CD plant and Dugobs Replication Company. We have reason to believe that this is a piracy network panning the whole of Northern India. We will fight for justice against these pirates till the very end.”

The Deepak Arts CD plant was raided in July 2006 where goods worth over Rs 30 crore were seized. The accused, Deepak Malhotra, was arrested and placed in judicial custody for more than 40 days.

IMI has constantly been demanding an optical disc law to be created in India to monitor CD plants. However, there has not been much success on this issue so far.

In Delhi, IPR is being flouted at every nook and corner in places like Palika Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Lala Lajpatrai market, etc.

Motion Pictures Association of India has also come down heavily on DVD rental outlets recently following a judgment by the Delhi High Court to curb DVD rentals from issuing DVDs copyrighted by the Motion Pictures Association. Latest among them has been a raid on Readsure outlet located at Lokhandwala, a suburb in Mumbai. The seizure included 1,164 DVDs without licenses.

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