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Updated: Bollywood Resorts To Crime To Fight Online Piracy

Update: Kumar, in a round-about manner, has denied to torrent site BitSnoop that AiPlex resorts to denial of service attacks, reports TorrentFreak. However, TorrentFreak also quotes an admin of ICtorrent, a desi torrent tracker, as saying that AiPlex doesn't send them proper Copyright Infringement Notices, and has tried to launch denial of service attacks several times, usually between Thursday night and Sunday. Our take remains the same - the end doesn't justify the means. September 9th: In order to prevent online piracy - a crime by itself, Bollywood Studios appear to be turning to crime. DNA reports that Bollywood Studios have hired "Cyber Hitmen" to take down websites that offer illegal movie downloads. The report specifically mentions a Bangalore based company called Aiplex Software, which, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, has tied up with 30 production houses in Bollywood, including Fox STAR Studios. Hat Tip: Gautam John for the headsup. DNA quotes Aiplex Managing Director Girish Kumar as saying "At times, we have to go an extra mile and attack the site and destroy the data to stop the movie from circulating further." Aiplex had the "contract" for a recently released Bollywood, called Peepli Live. The company, which provides 'Net Vigilance services', also does follow due process, filing DMCA takedown notices, and rates per movie range between Rs. 2-4 lakh ($4300-8600) for a four week period. Our Take - The Legal System Doesn't Support Copyright Owners: It's symptomatic of the sad state of the online content ecosystem, when legitimate content…

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