Sri Lanka: Five held for film piracy
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested 5 people in the Bodhiraja Mawatha and Gunasinghepura areas for distributing pirated versions of a recently released Tamil movie.
A large haul of pirated VCDs and DVDs were also confiscated along with equipment used to pirate movies.
The Sri Lanka Film Corporation (SLFC) had spent Indian Rs. 3,025,000 to buy the rights for the movie ‘Uthama Puthiran’ from the Balaji Colour Lab in India and was released in Sri Lanka on Deepaveli Day for the enjoyment of Tamil cinema-goers.
SLFC Deputy General Manager Lanka Dharmawickrama said, “We released this movie for Tamil film-goers to enjoy on Deepavali Day, which was last Friday and it was brought to our attention that pirated copies of this movie were available in the market, within a week of its release”.