'2.0': Madras High Court blocks 12000 websites to prevent film piracy

Superstar Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer '2.0' Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 29, 2018, 06.28 PM (IST)

Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘2.0’ is already making the right noises as critics in India give the film a thumbs up. Since it is one of the most awaited films in recent times and a very expensive one, makers have ensured that you won’t be able to access it online illegally. Read the review here. 

The Madras High Court has directed 37 internet service providers (ISPs) to block over 12,000 websites that show pirated versions of Tamil films. The list includes more than 2,000 websites operated by ‘TamilRockers’. Justice M Sundar passed the order on Wednesday while allowing a plea moved by Lyca Productions Private Limited, that is the film’s producer.

Lyca’s counsel Vijayan Subramanian produced an extensive list of 12,564 illegal websites. The counsel put forth 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.

The counsel then sought an injunction against all such websites.

Starring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar in leading roles, the film is directed by Shankar and is releasing in more than five languages, including Mandarin in China.