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Movie distributors worry over piracy

July 10, 2016 6:49 pm

The two cinema operators in Fiji have made a direct plea with the government to re-look at the issue of piracy.

The latest incident of piracy involves Bollywood’s Blockbuster movie ‘Sultan’ that was out on DVD even before it released in cinemas last week.

Damodar group chief executive Div Damodar says this has really hit them hard.

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“Apparently they have been selling this for $3 and through-out since Tuesday. So with our legal team and also from Yash Raj India and Yash Raj offices in NZ and Australia have come down very strongly on this and they have just yesterday appointed a legal office here to take these criminals to task.”

Sultan is tipped as the biggest movie out of Bollywood this year, and pirated DVDs will hit the pockets of cinemas.

Pritesh Raniga of New Zealand based Forum Films told FBC New that piracy affects everyone from production to distribution to exhibition.

Raniga says tough actions must be taken against law breakers and there is a need to review fines."

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says piracy laws in Fiji have been amended.

The illegal sale of Sultan has been reported to police by Damodar Cinemas.

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