TamilRockers: Admins of piracy website Tamil Rockers arrested

A few members (admin) of the website TamilRockers.com, which has been giving sleepless nights to Kollywood film makers and producers, were booked and arrested, on Thursday at Coimbatore. According to a source, it is the anti-piracy cell which tracked down the culprits who uploaded the pirated versions of Tamil, Telugu, English, Malayalam and other language films on their site. The site is said to have connection with international piracy rackets, too.

Interestingly, the site became popular among Tamil movie buffs owing to a fairly large demand and supply chain. There are many who have been depending on this website to watch films for a while now, and the demand witnessed a sudden rise before the release of Kabali, as the price of the tickets in the initial days cost a bomb. The makers of the film planned to initiate strict action against the site, coincidentally, another internationally popular piracy channel KickassTorrent went offline, as its host was arrested. Though TamilRockers had a tough time in uploading the plagiarised copy of Kabali soon after its theatrical release, they later managed to do it.

The constant change in their domain names since the beginning of this year to avoid getting caught is also notable. Interestingly, when someone asked the site to put their operations on hold during the release of the next big ticket flick, S3 some time ago, the team with a following of almost 12K on Twitter replied on November 25, that their service will be in full swing during the time of the movie's release, too.

The domains used by the Tamilrockers site recently are:

Tamilrockers .cc (From Mar 7)
Tamilrockers .to (From Apr 20)
Tamilrockers .be (From Jul 6)
Tamilrockers .pm (From Jul 28)
Tamilrockers .ws (From Aug 11)
Tamilrockers .lu (From Sep 6)
Tamilrockers .la (From Sep 27)
Tamilrockers .ac (From Nov 25)

Other domains reportedly used by Tamilrockers site are:

tamilrockers .by
tamilrockers .hn
tamilrockers .cl
tamilrockers .mu
tamilrockers .ph
tamilrockers .gd
tamilrockers . vc
tamilrockers. gy
tamilrockers .cl
tamilrockers . gs
Tamilrockers .li
Tamilrockers .st
Tamilrockers .ro
Tamilrockers .ax
tamilrockers-s. co
Tamilrockers .tv
Tamilrockers .com
Tamilrockers .net

However, after Tamilrockers leaked 'Kaala' on the day of its release, the anti-piracy cell has now announced that they have successfully suspended the account of the website. The twitter handle of the anti-piracy cell tweeted “Tfpc antipiracy cell has suspended http://tamilrockers.gs and http://tamilrage.eu . #killpiracy #saynotopiracy”.

On 4th July 2018, The Central Government of India invited Tamil Film Producers Council’s anti-piracy team to discuss the shortcomings in the industry. "Breaking News : Central government has invited our Antipiracy team to discuss technical drawbacks and assured maximum support to kill piracy. We have been identified as the best antipiracy team in India. Proud TFPC @VishalKOfficial @prabhu_sr" tweeted Tfpc antipiracy cell.

But even after all the efforts by the anti-piracy cell, Tamilrockers website is up again and running on different domain. Netizens are openly asking for the new domain name of the website on Twitter.

On 14th September 2018, it was reported that Tamilrockers website leaked Sivakarthikeyan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu starrer 'Seema Raja'.

On 15th September 2018, Tamilrockers website reportedly leaked Samantha Ruth Prabhu's 'U Turn' also.

On 12th October 2018, Fake twitter account of Tamilrockers, which shared links of pirated movies was suspended by TFPC Anti Piracy Cell, the official handle of the Anti Piracy Cell tweeted, "#Fake_account of Tamilrockers https://twitter.com/tamilrockers__ that shared pirated movie links has been suspended by TFPC Anti Piracy Cell. #Kill_Piracy"

On 20th October 2018, Tamilrockers and domains of some other piracy websites were suspended by TFPC Anti Piracy Cell for pirating the movies - Vada Chennai and Sandaikozhi 2. Dhanush and Vetri Maaran’s film Vada Chennai and Vishal starrer Sandakozhi 2 were leaked on Tamilrockers website soon after they were released.

On 4th November 2018, Tamil Rockers threatened to upload HD print of Vijay's highly anticipated movie 'Sarkar' on there illegal website for online download.

On 5th November 2018, in there fight against piracy TFPC Anti Piracy Cell released a press release saying, "We should collectively work together for this and ensure that the thief Tamil Rockers does not win. We should appoint persons to every theatre to closely monitor. If someone is seen recording the film, we request that they should be immediately reported to the police. Further, we had decided that all theatres must have CCTV cameras. We wish to remind about this through this letter."

On 6th November 2018, Tamilrockers website reportedly leaked pirated version of movie 'Sarkar' illegally. It remains to be seen if TFPC Anti Piracy Cell will be able to find source of the leak and take action again the website by taking it down from the internet. Vijay's fans have expressed disappointment about the leak and have requested authorities to take quick action.

On 8th November 2018, Aamir Khan - Amitabh Bachchan starrer Hindi movie 'Thugs Of Hindostan' got leaked on Tamilrockers. After the leak, Tamil Film Producers Council released a statement saying that Tamil rockers must be prevented from such piracy. They also urged theatre owners to deploy people to prevent moviegoers from recording movies.

On 10th November 2018, reports started making rounds that Tamilrockers had threatened on their social media account that they will leak Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar starrer '2.0' on the day of it's release. Soon after this, the website ran text on their site saying that they are not on social media.

On 28th November 2018, ahead of the release of much-awaited movie '2.0', the Madras High Court directed 37 internet service providers (ISPs) to block over 12,000 websites that are responsible for leaking pirated versions of Tamil movies. 2,000 TamilRockers domains were part of the list.

On 29th November 2018, reports suggested that even after Madras HC's decision to block 2,000 domains operated by Tamilrockers, the website still managed to leak Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 online. Fans took to social media to express there displeasure regarding the leak and requested authorities to take quick action against Tamil Rockers. Meanwhile, 2.0's team has made an appeal to the moviegoers to say no to piracy and watch the movie only in theaters. The official handle of the movie tweeted, "Hardwork of 4 yrs, crores of money, efforts of 1000s of technicians - all to give you a visual spectacle you can watch, love and enjoy in THEATRES! Do not spoil the experience. SAY NO TO PIRACY! Send all pirated links to antipiracy@aiplex.com & help Indian cinema shine! #2Point0".

On 12th December 2018, Tamilrockers reportedly threatened to leak upcoming Malayalam film Odiyan on the day of its release. Odiyan is a fantasy thriller inspired by the folklore of Kerala and stars Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Manju Warrier and Maqbool Salmaan in lead roles. The movie is set to release on 14th December 2018.

On 17th December 2018, The leak on Hollywood movie Aquaman along with Mohanlal starrer Malayalam movie Odiyan on Tamilrockers was reported.

On 20th December 2018, Reports suggest Tamilrockers leaked Vijay Sethupathi's latest release Seethakaathi. Directed by Balaji Tharaneetharan, this film is loosely based on the life of Seethakathi, a wealthy philanthropist, who had a passion for Tamil literature and known for his generous nature.

On 23th December 2018, Tamilrockers leaked Dhanush's film 'Maari 2', Sivakarthikeyan's film Kanaa and biggest Kannada movie of all time Yash starrer 'KGF'. Reports also suggested that Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif starrer Bollywood film 'Zero' was also leaked on the website.

On 29th December 2018, Tamilrockers leaked Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan starrer 'Simmba' on the website. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film also stars Sonu Sood, Siddharth Jadhav and Ashutosh Rana in pivotal roles. The film also sees cameo appearances from Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, and the Golmaal team. 'Simmba' is the Hindi remake of Telugu language film 'Temper'.

On 8th January 2019, Petta and Viswasam makers reached out to court to seek help in preventing leak of movies on piracy websites. Chennai high court issued a banning order against releasing the movies online on piracy sites.

On 9th January 2019, N. T. Rama Rao biopic 'NTR: Kathanayakudu' was reportedly leaked on Tamilrockers. The version available for download was reportedly of ‘low quality’ and a ‘cam print’, but the damage was expected to be done.

On 10th January 2019, Despite a court order to block piracy sites, superstar Rajinikanth's film 'Petta' leaked on Tamilrockers on the release day itself. 'Petta' directed by Karthik Subbaraj is a massive project and has music composed by Anirudh Ravichander.

On 11th January 2019, After Rajinikanth's 'Petta', Thala Ajith's and Nayanthara starrer 'Viswasam' was also found available on Tamilrockers for download. 'Viswasam' released to packed houses and received missed reviews at the Box Office.

Source: TOI

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