In a massive raid conducted by prominent personalities of Kannada film industry Rockline Venkatesh, Basanthkumar Patil, Munirathna, Naresh, Suresh, Sa.Ra.Govindu and Akash Audio officials Rs. 1 crore worth nearly 1 crore CD’s have been seized with the help of Upparpet police.
Perhaps this is the first major raid with Kannada film industry personalities was conducted and a new trend has been set.
The raids were conducted on two days and top films like Baaba (Tamil), Kannada films like Appu, Diggajaru, Chandu, Nanna Preethiya Hudugi, Sri Manjunatha and many filthy CD’s were recovered from various places.
Yesterday the raid was made in Nelamangala on a tip and then the team proceeded to Dobaspet and got a link to Tumkur where `Karnataka Video’ is situated. In Bangalore the raid was conducted in Mahaveera Plaza. The proprietor Ramachandra escaped. In Hira Plaza at National market and Burma Bazaar the proprietor Hira was missing. Producers through their link came to a small building at 12 cross Akkipet. With the help of the Upperpet police Producers raided the building. On the terrace of the building they were shocked to see piracy going on. Most of the released and unreleased film master CD’s were there. There were four computers, scanners, printer… etc were there. In one computer there were 7 CD copiers. In a small place less than 10x10, CD converter Vinod Kumar Jain was caught. He accepted his mistake and told that he is doing this from past six months. Earlier he was in Mumbai learning Macromedia.
Besides Kannada films there were many Hindi films like Soch, Mujhse dosti karoge! Devdas, English, Tamil, Telugu films recovered in the pirated CD form