After the I&B Ministry of India took down Torrentz website, Tamilrockers has become the latest menace for filmmakers. The website, which began with catering to the south Indian movie fans, is gaining pan-nation popularity by the day. So much so, that despite attempts at pulling it down, it keeps returning with a new domain.
What is Tamilrockers?
To put it easy, Tamilrockers.com is a desi version of the internationally notorious Pirate Bay. It enables free download of mostly South Indian movies and other content via a torrent client. The website is flooded with movies from various languages – Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and now, even Hindi and English.
It barely takes days for Tamilrockers to get a film up for download on its website. Bollywood films like Badhaai Ho and Namaste England, which released last week can already be found here. Hollywood movies like First Man and Venom, along with regional ones like Kayamkulam Kochunni, Sandakozhi 2, Aravindha Sametha and U Turn are also available for free download on the website.
Films aren’t the only content Tamilrockers caters to. Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane’s Netflix show Sacred Games was also illegally ripped, just like its other show, The Haunting of Hill House.
All the times Tamilrockers made headlines in recent times
Tamilrockers made big news after Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2 got leaked. When Dhanush’s latest film Vada Chennai also became a victim, the fans of the actor-producer had to urge others not to watch the pirated version. The website recently faced the wrath of Rajinikanth fans too when Kaala was leaked within a day of its release.
Action taken against Tamilrockers
Although the URL itself is blocked by the government, Tamilrockers can be easily accessed by proxy servers. The Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) has an Anti-Piracy Cell that regularly posts lists of domains which it keeps blocking to stop piracy. Tamilrockers’ name is omnipresent.
TFPC had on October 20 shared a list of domain names on Twitter which it has suspended, including Tamilrockers, after it leaked Veda Chennai and Sandakozhi 2. Even Twitter regularly tracks fake accounts of Tamilrockers for sharing links of the leaked movies. Though it has brought temporary relief to filmmakers, it won’t be surprising if Tamilrockers returns soon.
List of domains that has been suspended by TFPC Anti Piracy Cell for pirating the movies #VadaChennai & #Sandaikozhi2.#KillPiracy pic.twitter.com/4y0dkBShgC
— TFPC ANTI PIRACY CELL (@TFPC_Antipiracy) October 20, 2018
— TFPC ANTI PIRACY CELL (@TFPC_Antipiracy) October 13, 2018
Are theatres enabling piracy?
According to a report in The Hindu, several theaters in south India are indeed enabling piracy of Tamil films by either working hand-in-glove with the pirates or not doing enough to stem the rot. Its reports states, “The Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC), which has been vocal about ‘isolating’ theatres that routinely enable piracy, released a list of nine theatres — mainly in Tamil Nadu, with and some in neighbouring states — last week. While urging Qube Cinema Technologies, one of most well-networked digital distribution companies in South India, to not supply equipment such as projectors to these theatres, TFPC also asked its members to not release new movies in these theatres.”
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Tamilrockers keeps coming back
In a country where piracy is rampant, the authorities have been unsuccessful in stopping the tide of illegally ‘ripped’ content. So, which Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bollywood, Hollywood or Netflix title is its target next?