Does Online Piracy Affect Kollywood?
The latest issue of Kumudam Reporter (free registration required) has a cover story on how online piracy is affecting Kollywood. It goes on to say that such sites are hosted overseas and even WHOIS information is not available, which makes it difficult for the cops to proceed against such offenders. It stops one short of naming the chief perpetrator. It just says that the site has a heavy Srilankan tinge to it and offers all the latest movies.
When Google Video was launched, there were reports about how Hindi films were available for free on Google Video. Top banners like Yash Raj Films took this up with Google and they immediately cracked down on such things. The Indian movie fraternity has not had much success in combating internet piracy. New sites (promoted by anonymous people) offering free movie and music downloads keep cropping up from time to time. With the recent spate in launch of video sharing sites like YouTube and Metacafe, producers are going to find it increasing difficult to police the net. Even recent releases like Something Something Unakkum Enakkum and Thimiru are available easily on the net.
In the movie trade, the box-office collection in the first 2/3 weeks determines the movie's fate. Although online piracy will eat into the producer’s profits (especially in overseas markets where high-speed internet connections are a common thing), I still feel that it might not alter the fortunes in a big way. The availability of a pirated VCD on the 10th / 15th day is not going to mean much, when a hit movie is expected to break-even before the second weekend.
Do you agree?
Do you agree?