Madras HC bans websites from illegal downloads of 'Kabali'

The film is slated for its worldwide release on 22 July.

The Madras High Court on Friday banned 169 service providers and 225 websites from releasing Rajinikanth-starrer Kabali, reported ANI.

The court has also ruled that cable TV operators, buses and taxis not be allowed to screen the movie.

Justice N Kirubakaran granted an interim injunction on a petition filed by Tamil Film Producer Council president Kalaipuli S Thanu, directing authorities to stop websites from unlawful uploading of the film through about 180 websites and "countless unknown sites".

The judge also reflected on how, in the past, films inculcated good family values and observed that it is missing these days. Justice Kirubakaran reminded the actors of their social responsibilities.

The Madras High Court has put the onus of stopping illegal downloads of Rajnikanth's upcoming movie Kabali on internet service providers (ISP).

The petitioner had added that users could download the film for just Rs 20 in a few minutes, while producers incurred huge losses. When the investment and hard work put in by the artists of cinema industry were looted by illegal downloading of movies from ISPs by rogue websites, the authorities were expected to prohibit the ISPs, which were licensed by them to do business, from providing access to those websites, the judge said. The producer wanted no pirated copy of the film to appear on torrent. He then adjourned the case to August 8 for further proceedings.

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