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Movie Piracy Blackmail Plot Fails In India, Six Arrested

An anonymous reader quote’s TorrentFreak’s report about “a plot against Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, a record-breaking movie taking India by storm.”

Someone posing as a “film anti-piracy activist” told the company that a pirated copy of the movie had been obtained and if a ransom wasn’t paid, a leak onto the Internet would be inevitable… Following the call Arka Mediaworks immediately involved the police, who advised the company to engage the ‘kidnappers’ in dialog to obtain proof that they had the movie in question. That was delivered in the form of a high-definition sample of the movie, a move that was to mark the beginning of the end for those attempting to extort Arka Mediaworks. It’s unclear whether those who sent the sample were aware, but the movie was forensically or otherwise marked, something which allowed police and investigators to track the copy back to a specific theater… shortly after the owner of the theater was arrested by police. This was followed by the arrest of the person who allegedly called Arka Mediaworks with the ransom demand. From there, police were led to other co-conspirators. In total, six arrests were made, with two of the men already known to police.
TorrentFreak calls the ransoming of movies “a worrying trend in 2017” that’s “damaging the image of piracy further, if that was even possible.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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