Viewing Pirated Movie Prints Cannot Be Considered An Offence : Bombay High Court

Viewing Pirated Movie Prints Cannot Be Considered An Offence : Bombay High Court

Piracy is one of the biggest villain to any industry, especially in the film industry. We have seen pirated prints of many films being leaked on internet, sometimes even before the release itself. Even the pirated version of many malayalam films are available on Torrent websites.

Recently the pirate copy of Mammootty starrer “Kasaba” has been uploaded to the torrent sites. These prints not only does injustice to the makers, they also affect the overall collection of the movies. Even though there are laws against this, theres very little history of anyone being caught for film piracy.

Now the Bombay high court has made a statement that merely viewing a pirated copy of a film cannot be considered an offence. “The offence is not in viewing, but in making a prejudicial distribution, a public exhibition or letting for sale or hire without appropriate permission copyright-protected material,” Justice Gautam Patel said.

He also suggested the Internet Service Providers to change the line  ” ‘viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating’ a particular film is a penal offence” from the ‘error message’ and directed them to display a more generic message on URLS to be blocked for infringement of copyright.

The court made this statement while they were hearing the case filed by makers of Bollywood movie ‘Dishoom’ on piracy issues.