The Alliance Against Copyright Theft (AACT) has ramped up its drive against piracy. The organization, a joint initiative between Indian and Hollywood studios, has seized pirated goods estimated to be worth Rs. 85 lakh in Mumbai in the last few days. The seized goods included close to 84,070 pirated DVDs, 2000 inlay cards, 1,400 blank DVDs, 3 Computers and 42 DVD writers.
The seized DVDs included the latest releases like Break Ke Baad, Harry Potter And The Deathy Hallows (Part I), Guzaarish, Action Replayy and Golmaal 3.
Speaking on behalf of AACT, Harish Dayani, CEO, Entertainment Division, Moser Baer said, “When we started our operations, Mumbai was our main target. Although we have come a long way since, we cannot ignore Mumbai as it is the distribution point for most pirates. Having expanded into North India we have consistently maintained the frequency of our operations here in Mumbai – Thane region.”
Details of Police Action
In a raid on 22nd November at Jalna, Badlapur Goan, AACT seized 29,387 pirated DVDs. One accused was arrested & an FIR was filled at Badlapur police station. On the same day, AACT enforcement agencies also successfully raided a video library & a godown at Shivaji Nagar, Govandi. 4600 pirated DVDs were seized along with 22 DVD writers. The total value of the seizure at this raid was close to Rs. 4.85 Lakhs.
Another successful raid was conducted on 26 November with the help of SS Branch at Bandra West in a warehouse, where AACT seized 7,700 pirated DVDs, including blank DVDs worth Rs. 1.2 Lakhs and 2 accused were arrested. An FIR was registered by the AACT’s enforcement agency AA Khan & Associates in Bandra police station.
Some other successful raids were conducted in Jogeshwari and Thane on 19th & 16th November respectively, where the team has seized worth Rs. 8.6 lakhs pirated DVDs. FIRs were filled in the local police stations.