Piracy Crime On The Rise

Piracy is seen as a never ending process. Many a times it is seen that a movie is leaked before its release. How is it possible? This brings a huge demotivation to the team who put so much effort to make a movie. The best example is ‘Udta Punjab’ when it was distributed via internet before its actual release. The cyber cell of Mumbai Police on receiving the complaint from the deputy general manager (legal) of the Phantom Films Pvt Ltd. blocked the pirated version of the movie and arrested a man for illegally uploading the movie on his site. The movie was apparently uploaded on seven sites before its release. This brings us to the major issue which has been on a rise that is ‘Online piracy’.

This is an effort to aware public not to indulge in such activities. Almost all of us are guilty of downloading a latest movie or any latest episode of say Game of Thrones from torrent or other similar websites. Are these downloads authorised? Is there any law which we are infringing? In the following blog post we shall dwell into all these questions and understand the law relating to such unauthorised downloads.

Before you actually jump into conclusion, its a good habit to know about the online piracy.

Online piracy is the term to elucidate the illegal act of duplication of licensed or copyright material from internet. There are three main piracy context- music, movie and software.

Piracy means unauthorized reproduction, importing or reproduction of the whole or any part of work protected by copyright. Through advancement of technology and broadband connection almost in all households the method of piracy has changed from physical reproduction and distribution to online distribution.

The Piracy Bill, 2012

Ministry: External Affairs
  • The Piracy Bill, 2012 was introduced in Lok Sabha on April 24, 2012 by the Minister of External Affairs, Shri S.M. Krishna.
  • According to the statement of objects and reasons, piracy as a crime is not included in the Indian Penal Code (IPC). This has led to problems in prosecution of pirates presently in the custody of Indian police authorities.  The Piracy Bill intends to fill this gap and provide clarity in the law.
  • The Bill prescribes that its provisions shall also extend to the Exclusive Economic Zone of India.
  • The Bill defines ‘piracy’ as any illegal act of violence or detention for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private ship or aircraft on high seas or at a place outside the jurisdiction of any State.  It also prescribes that any act which is held to be ‘piratical’ under international law shall be included in the above definition.
  • The Bill seeks to punish piracy with imprisonment for life.  In cases where piracy leads to death, it may be punished with death.  The Bill also lays down punishments for attempts to commit and abet piracy.   Such acts shall be punishable with imprisonment up to 14 years and a fine.
  • The Bill provides that if arms/ ammunition are recovered from the possession of the accused, or if there is evidence of threat of violence, the burden of proof for proving innocence shall shift to the accused.
  • The Bill empowers the government to set up designated courts for speedy trial of offences and authorizes the court to prosecute the accused regardless of his/ her nationality. It also provides for extradition.

This information is provided for informational purpose and not to be quoted as authority. This was an effort to aware you about the bad out comes of the piracy. We encourage you to respect the work of others and spend some bucks and watch it in a movie theater and enjoy the movie to the fullest.

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