Recently, Maharashtra Cyber Cell has been succeeded in arresting a software engineer from Hyderabad, who was accused of pirating the content of satellite channels and Over-the-top platforms like Netflix.
The name of the software engineer is Satish Venkateshwarlu. He was distributing content illegally with the help of an app known as ‘Thop TV’. The Mumbai court sent the accused for a seven-day remand in police custody.
According to the SP of Maharashtra Cyber Cell, Sanjay Shintre, the technical investigation of Cyber Cell on FIR has led them to this 28-year-old software engineer in Hyderabad. Along with operating ‘Thop TV’ as a distribution platform, he was also making content illegally available on Telegram.
The content distributed through ‘Thop TV’ includes the live streaming of television channels broadcasted in India by popular DTH operators including Airtel, Jio. He was not only pirating the TV content but he was also illegally streaming content of popular OTT platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Hotstar.
This platform was attracting a large number of internet users because it was allowing them to enjoy premium content at a very low cost, as compared to accessing that content from a legal source.
Now with the arrest of this software engineer, the Thop TV platform has been taken down for all its users and is no longer available in service.
In the last two years, he got a subscribers base of lakhs, which also includes paid subscribers. It was Viacom 18 Media Private Limited, who with other broadcasters collectively, filed an FIR in the Maharashtra Cyber Cell, against this digital pirate for unauthorized broadcasting of media content.
According to the Spokesperson of Viacom 18, digital piracy is a major threat to the growth of the digital economy and it is necessary to keep a constant check on such offenses. Viacom 18 also acknowledged the Maharashtra Cyber Cell for its quick response against copyright violations.
The culprit, Satish has been charged as per the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code by the police.