India: Piracy hits first post-COVID direct-to-digital movie on release day

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The latest movie released by Amazon Prime (India) appeared on the Indian piracy site Tamilrockers on May 29th, the day of the movie’s official release.  The movie, Ponmagal Vandhal, is the first South Indian film to have released on a digital platform amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, and the first Tamil-produced direct-to-digital release.

Read the details on the news site India.com

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Why it matters

Despite extensive efforts by Indian regulators to put a stop to piracy, the practice continues to persist.  According to a separate report by India-based NewsBytes, piracy sites evade shutdown through simple techniques such as domain switching and using proxy servers.

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