Four people arrested for leaking the Star India copy of Game of Thrones episode
The leak had occurred from Prime Focus Technologies’ Bengaluru office and the accused have been sent to police custody for seven days
Four people associated with Prime Focus Technologies, the technology vendor of Star India Pvt Ltd. and Novi Digital Pvt Ltd., were arrested in relation to the leak of an episode (Ep04 of Season 7) of Game of Thrones, an HBO adaptation of a fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire authored by George R. R. Martin.
The episode was slated for a concurrent viewing in USA and India but was leaked a few days in advance over the internet. Star India had initiated investigations soon after.
An investigation revealed that the leak occurred from the technology vendor’s Bengaluru office. A statement from the Special IGP, Mr. Brijesh Singh (Cyber), Government of Maharashtra office said that the vendor came forward to file an FIR. “Prime Focus Technologies came forward and accepted that the leakage had happened at its end, lodged a complaint (FIR) against one of its serving employee and alleged that he along with another former employee and other persons, unauthorizedly gained access to the episode and thereafter illegally leaked the same for viewing by the general public over the internet,” the statement said.
The statement further said that a joint team from the office of Cyber & PAW, Government of Maharashtra and the office of DCP (Cyber), BKC, Mumbai, led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police carried an interrogation of employees throughout the night on August 11, 2017. “The investigation revealed complicity and involvement of more persons than those specifically named in the FIR, particularly the ones working in the office and otherwise lawfully having access to the raw data of the series. Investigation was simultaneously being carried out by Police Inspector Sardesai at the Police Station,” the statement said.
The accused were arrested on August 14 and were sent to police custody for seven days till August 21, 2017.
A statement by Star India and Novi Digital thanked the police for their swift action and promised co-operation. “We are extremely delighted with the speed and rigour with which the Office of the Special Inspector General of Police Mr. Brijesh Singh (Cyber), Government of Maharashtra and office of DCP Cyber Cell, Mumbai have moved on this investigation. This is the first time in the history of Star India that an incident of this nature has occurred. We are deeply grateful to the police for their swift and prompt action. We believe that valuable intellectual property is a critical part of the development of the creative industry and strict enforcement of the law is essential to protecting it,” the statement read.
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