Special Correspondent

All CDs are of newly released Tamil films

TAMBARAM: In a huge haul of pirated video compact discs, about 3,000 CDs, including those of ‘Uliyin Osai’ and other new Tamil films were seized from a 37-year-old resident of Mudichur, Tambaram.

Briefing reporters at the office of Video Piracy Cell in Tambaram on Thursday, S.Rajeswari, Superintendent of Police, said N.Jagadeesan was apprehended following a tip-off.

He had purchased the pirated CDs in bulk from vendors in Puducherry, managed to bring them to Chennai and sold it to retailers and also to his regular customers in and around Tambaram.

A first time offender, Jagadeesan is a Commerce graduate from a government college in Tiruvannamalai district and had taken to this crime after his stint in a few private companies did not fetch him the expected salary. Interrogations revealed that he had been selling pirated CDs for about one year now. The pirated CDs of other new Tamil films seized include ‘Dasavatharam,’ ‘Santhosh Subramanyam’ and also ‘Subramaniyapuram’ .

Ms. Rajeswari said so far this year, the Video Piracy Cell of Tamil Nadu police had registered 960 cases and detained 6 men under Goondas Act, four of them in July alone. A total of 2.16 lakh pirated CDs were confiscated and they were worth Rs. 1.12 crore. She said masterprints of latest films came easily into the State from Singapore and with high speed and sophisticated computers, CD writers and other equipment, offenders managed to make a large number of pirated CDs in a very short span of time.

Some others downloaded entire films from the Internet before burning them on cheap CDs. Referring to a specific incident, Ms. Rajeswari said that in Madurai, a special screening of a Tamil film was made at 2.30 a.m. to enable offenders to make “screen prints.”