Premam Piracy: Police Take Alphonse Puthren's Statement

The Anti-Piracy Cell of Kerala Police take the statement of Malayalam film director Alphonse Puthren on Wednesday, a day after three students were arrested for uploading the ‘censor copy’ of his latest hit film ‘Premam’ on the Internet.

The officials of the Anti-Piracy Cell came to Kochi to take Puthren’s statement in the case.Meanwhile, a joint meeting of Malayalam film producers and distributors convened in Kochi on Wednesday discuss the ‘Premam’ piracy issue as one of their main agendas.Three teenage boys were on Tuesday arrested by the Anti-Piracy Cell in connection with the case relating to the piracy of Malayalam blockbuster ‘Premam’.A 16-year-old Plus One student, who is the main accused, had first uploaded the pirated CD onto a Torrent site in which pirated versions are uploaded, from where several other hackers downloaded the movie, Anti Piracy Cell official had said.

The movie was uploaded just four days after its release, the official said.Cases have been registered against the three for cheating, under the IT Act and Copyright Act.The arrests were made from the Kollam district early on Wednesday and the boys were brought to the state capital for questioning.

The film’s producer Anwar Rasheed, who had filed online complaint, had appeared before the investigating officials on Tuesday and his statements were recorded. The hugely popular ‘Premam’, with Nivin Pauly in the lead, suffered a setback in the box office with the pirated version being circulated on Internet, hitting its revenues.

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