India Gives Search Warrants To Movie Producers

    August 29, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

In a story that will make you pick up a copy of the Constitution and kiss the Fourth Amendment, the Hollywood Reporter relays the news that the Motion Picture Association (MPA) received a search and seize warrant that covers the entire city of New Delhi to fight piracy.

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The story, however, is suspect in one of two ways. None of the major networks have picked this up yet a month after it was published. Either it’s bogus or no one has thought it was newsworthy.

It was relayed to Dave Farber via email from Greg Aharonian of the Internet Patent News Service.

The Indian version of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the MPA was issued a “heneral” search and seize warrant on July 28th enabling police to search any premises “without delay” in the city of New Delhi suspected of operating or cooperating with the piracy of major motion pictures.

As of 2004, India’s piracy rate is thought to be at 60%.

“The order is expected to be especially useful in facilitating raids on the (city’s) notorious Palika Bazaar, where information about imminent raids often leaks before police can effect arrests and seizures,” the MPA said in a statement.

Farber is quick to criticize the move as part of the “ongoing battle to see what is more insane (copyright laws versus the enforcement of copyright laws).”