A few days ago the hit movie Kendasampige was telecast on a cable channel in Bengaluru. The film is still running in theatres and will complete 100 days next week. The rights of the film's satellite telecast is also not yet given to any channel. But a local cable channel went ahead and telecast the film illegally without permission creating a loss for Suri who also produced the film apart from directing it.
The issue has been taken seriously by the Film Chamber which immediately contacted the cable channels. The offending channel is said to have been shut down. But this shut down may be for only a few days before it resumes telecast. The telecast of films and film content like songs and comedy scenes by local cable channels is a big headache for Sandalwood.
None of these channels pay royalty or even seek permission to telecast the copyright content like films and songs. But they collect money from advertisers. Satellite channels pay money to producers for buying telecast rights but not cable channels. These channels not only hurt satellite channels but also producers in a big way. Even companies which buy DVD rights like Ganesh Video, Anand Audio, Lahari are affected by cable channels by illegally telecasting films.
The Chamber under Sa Ra Govindu is now contemplating serious action in this regard by bringing in all the affected parties.