Madras HC directs ISPs to block 12,000 websites to prevent piracy of ‘2.0’

MUMBAI: The Madras High Court has directed 37 internet service providers (ISPs) to block over 12,000 websites that exhibit pirated versions of Tamil movies to prevent illegal streaming of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘2.0’.

The list includes more than 2,000 websites operated by ‘TamilRockers’. Justice M Sundar passed the order on Wednesday while allowing a plea by the film’s producer Lyca Productions.

Lyca’s counsel Vijayan Subramanian produced an extensive list of 12,564 illegal websites. The counsel contended that when ‘TamilRockers’ website is blocked, it immediately creates mirror websites by changing an insignificant part of the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or any other extension, and are therefore able to reinstate the infringing material with minimal effort.

Subramanian produced a probable list of extension of ‘TamilRockers’ and sought an injunction against all such websites.

Lyca, which has acquired all exploitation and distribution rights including theatrical and music, besides other rights, including TV, internet, digital and home video exclusively, apprehended that such illegal websites might exhibit pirated versions of the film soon after its release.