A few members (admin) of the website TamilRockers.com, which has been giving sleepless nights to
makers and producers, were booked and arrested, on Thursday at Coimbatore. According to a source, it is the anti-piracy cell which tracked down the culprits who uploaded the pirated versions of Tamil,
and other language films on their site. The site is said to have connection with international piracy
Interestingly, the site became popular among
buffs owing to a fairly large demand and supply chain. There are many who have been depending on this website to watch films for a while now, and the demand witnessed a sudden rise before the release of Kabali, as the price of the tickets in the initial days cost a bomb. The makers of the film planned to initiate strict action against the site, coincidentally, another internationally popular piracy channel KickassTorrent went offline, as its host was arrested. Though TamilRockers had a tough time in uploading the plagiarised copy of Kabali soon after its theatrical release, they later managed to do it.
The constant change in their domain names since the beginning of this year to avoid getting caught is also notable. Interestingly, when someone asked the site to put their operations on hold during the release of the next big ticket flick, S3 some time ago, the team with a following of almost 12K on Twitter replied on November 25, that their service will be in full swing during the time of the movie's release, too.
The domains used by the Tamilrockers site recently are:
Tamilrockers .cc (From Mar 7)
Tamilrockers .to (From Apr 20)
Tamilrockers .be (From Jul 6)
Tamilrockers .pm (From Jul 28)
Tamilrockers .ws (From Aug 11)
Tamilrockers .lu (From Sep 6)
Tamilrockers .la (From Sep 27)
Tamilrockers .ac (From Nov 25)
Other domains reportedly used by Tamilrockers site are:
tamilrockers . vc
tamilrockers . gs
However, after Tamilrockers leaked 'Kaala' on the day of its release, the anti-piracy cell has now announced that they have successfully suspended the account of the website. The twitter handle of the anti-piracy cell tweeted “Tfpc antipiracy cell has suspended http://tamilrockers.gs and http://tamilrage.eu . #killpiracy #saynotopiracy”.
On 4th July 2018, The Central Government of India invited Tamil Film
Producers Council’s anti-piracy team to discuss the shortcomings in the industry. "Breaking News : Central government has invited our Antipiracy team to discuss technical drawbacks and assured maximum support to kill piracy. We have been identified as the best antipiracy team in India. Proud TFPC @VishalKOfficial @prabhu_sr" tweeted Tfpc antipiracy cell.
But even after all the efforts by the anti-piracy cell, Tamilrockers website is up again and running on different domain. Netizens are openly asking for the new domain name of the website on Twitter.
On 14th September 2018, it was reported that Tamilrockers website leaked Sivakarthikeyan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu starrer 'Seema Raja'.
On 15th September 2018, Tamilrockers website reportedly leaked Samantha Ruth Prabhu's 'U Turn' also.
On 12th October 2018, Fake twitter account of Tamilrockers, which shared links of pirated movies was suspended by TFPC Anti Piracy Cell, the official handle of the Anti Piracy Cell tweeted, "#Fake_account of Tamilrockers https://twitter.com/tamilrockers__ that shared pirated movie links has been suspended by TFPC Anti Piracy Cell. #Kill_Piracy"
On 20th October 2018, Tamilrockers and domains of some other piracy websites were suspended by TFPC Anti Piracy Cell for pirating the movies - Vada Chennai and Sandaikozhi 2. Dhanush and Vetri Maaran’s film Vada Chennai and Vishal starrer Sandakozhi 2 were leaked on Tamilrockers website soon after they were released.
On 4th November 2018, Tamil Rockers threatened to upload HD print of Vijay's highly anticipated movie 'Sarkar' on there illegal website for online download.
On 5th November 2018, in there fight against piracy TFPC Anti Piracy Cell released a press release saying, "We should collectively work together for this and ensure that the thief Tamil Rockers does not win. We should appoint persons to every theatre to closely monitor. If someone is seen recording the film, we request that they should be immediately reported to the police. Further, we had decided that all theatres must have CCTV cameras. We wish to remind about this through this letter."
On 6th November 2018, Tamilrockers website reportedly leaked pirated version of movie 'Sarkar' illegally. It remains to be seen if TFPC Anti Piracy Cell will be able to find source of the leak and take action again the website by taking it down from the internet. Vijay's fans have expressed disappointment about the leak and have requested authorities to take quick action.
On 8th November 2018, Aamir Khan - Amitabh Bachchan starrer Hindi movie 'Thugs Of Hindostan' got leaked on Tamilrockers. After the leak, Tamil Film Producers Council released a statement saying that Tamil rockers must be prevented from such piracy. They also urged theatre owners to deploy people to prevent moviegoers from recording movies.
On 10th November 2018, reports started making rounds that Tamilrockers had threatened on their social media account that they will leak Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar starrer '2.0' on the day of it's release. Soon after this, the website ran text on their site saying that they are not on social media.
On 28th November 2018, ahead of the release of much-awaited movie '2.0', the Madras High Court directed 37 internet service providers (ISPs) to block over 12,000 websites that are responsible for leaking pirated versions of Tamil movies
. 2,000 TamilRockers domains were part of the list.
On 29th November 2018, reports suggested that even after Madras HC's decision to block 2,000 domains operated by Tamilrockers, the website still managed to leak Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 online. Fans took to social media to express there displeasure regarding the leak and requested authorities to take quick action against Tamil Rockers. Meanwhile, 2.0's team has made an appeal to the moviegoers to say no to piracy and watch the movie only in theaters. The official handle of the movie tweeted, "Hardwork of 4 yrs, crores of money, efforts of 1000s of technicians - all to give you a visual spectacle you can watch, love and enjoy in THEATRES! Do not spoil the experience. SAY NO TO PIRACY! Send all pirated links to email@example.com & help Indian cinema shine! #2Point0".
On 12th December 2018, Tamilrockers reportedly threatened to leak upcoming Malayalam film Odiyan on the day of its release. Odiyan is a fantasy thriller inspired by the folklore of Kerala and stars Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Manju Warrier and Maqbool Salmaan in lead roles. The movie is set to release on 14th December 2018.
On 17th December 2018, The leak on Hollywood movie Aquaman along with Mohanlal starrer Malayalam movie Odiyan on Tamilrockers was reported.
On 20th December 2018, Reports suggest Tamilrockers leaked Vijay Sethupathi's latest release Seethakaathi. Directed by Balaji Tharaneetharan, this film is loosely based on the life of Seethakathi, a wealthy philanthropist, who had a passion for Tamil literature and known for his generous nature.
On 23th December 2018, Tamilrockers leaked Dhanush's film 'Maari 2', Sivakarthikeyan's film Kanaa and biggest Kannada movie of all time Yash starrer 'KGF'. Reports also suggested that Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif starrer Bollywood film 'Zero' was also leaked on the website.
On 29th December 2018, Tamilrockers leaked Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan starrer 'Simmba' on the website. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film also stars Sonu Sood, Siddharth Jadhav and Ashutosh Rana in pivotal roles. The film also sees cameo appearances from Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, and the Golmaal team. 'Simmba' is the Hindi remake of Telugu language film 'Temper'.
On 8th January 2019, Petta and Viswasam makers reached out to court to seek help in preventing leak of movies on piracy websites. Chennai high court issued a banning order against releasing the movies online on piracy sites.
On 9th January 2019, N. T. Rama Rao biopic 'NTR: Kathanayakudu' was reportedly leaked on Tamilrockers. The version available for download was reportedly of ‘low quality’ and a ‘cam print’, but the damage was expected to be done.
On 10th January 2019, Despite a court order to block piracy sites, superstar Rajinikanth's film 'Petta' leaked on Tamilrockers on the release day itself. 'Petta' directed by Karthik Subbaraj is a massive project and has music composed by Anirudh Ravichander.
On 11th January 2019, After Rajinikanth's 'Petta', Thala Ajith's and Nayanthara starrer 'Viswasam' was also found available on Tamilrockers for download. 'Viswasam' released to packed houses and received missed reviews at the Box Office.
On 25th January 2019, Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer film 'Thackeray' based on the life of Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray fall prey to online piracy by Tamilrockers. The movie leaked online on Tamilrockers on the release day itself.
On 26th January 2019, Kangana Ranaut's 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi' became a target for Tamilrockers and got leaked online. Due to this, the film couldn't perform well at the box office and failed to fulfill the expectations of the makers.
On 7th February 2019, Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla starrer 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' got leaked on Tamilrockers website. ELKDTAL is story of a young woman who must contend with family that wants her to get married, a writer who is completely smitten with her, and a secret that she harbors close to her heart.
On 7th February 2019, Simbu starrer Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven was also leaked.
On 9th February 2019, Tamilrockers leaked Mammootty starrer Telugu film 'Yatra'. Mammootty, Jagapathi Babu, Sudheer Babu and Suhasini Maniratnam starrer 'Yatra' released on 8th February.
On 14th February 2019, Tamil film Dev, starring Karthi, Rakul Preet Singh, Prakash Raj and Ramya Krishnan was leaked of the website.
On 15th February 2019, Bollywood much talked about film 'Gully Boy' starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in lead roles was leaked on the website just few hours after its release.
On 23rd February 2019, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit starrer 'Total Dhamaal' leaked on Tamilrockers one day after its release. In 'Total Dhamaal' six people encounter wild jungle animals and danger at every turn while racing against time to find a hidden stash of 500 million rupees.
On 27th February 2019, Tamil films Kanne Kalaimaane and Pettikadai were leaked on the website. Udhayanidhi Stalin, Tamannaah Bhatia, Vadivukkarasi and Poo Ramu starrer 'Kanne Kalaimaane' and Samuthirakani, Chandini Tamilarasan and Varsha Bollamma starrer 'Pettikadai' both released on 22nd February.
On 8th March 2019, Reports suggest that Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Clark Gregg and Jude Law starrer Captain Marvel leaked online. The movie being leaked with in a day on its release is definitely bad news for the producers.
On 9th March 2019, Reports suggest that Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer 'Badla' leaked online on Tamilrockers and is easily accessible to the audience to watch it for free. This news definitely comes as a heart breaker for the producer and the rest of team as it surely effects the collection and restrict the audience to visit the theatre and watch the movie.
On 21st April 2019, Telugu films ‘Jersey’ and ‘Kanchana 3’ got leaked on Tamilrockers. 'Kanchana 3' is a horror comedy starring Vedhika and Raghava Lawrence in the lead roles. Its a story about a man who is possessed by the Raaja Naagam, King Cobra and is directed by Raghava Lawrence. Nani and Shraddha Srinath starrer 'Jersey' is story for a middle-aged cricketer whose career has failed to take off is pressured to give up on his dream. The film is directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri.
On 21st April 2019, Big budget Bollywood film 'Kalank' was also leaked on the illegal piracy website. Directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Karan Johar & Sajid Nadiadwala the film stars Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt.
On 22nd April 2019, Malayalam film 'Madhura Raja' was leaked on the website. The film is directed by Vysakh, written by Udaykrishna and starring Mammootty, Jai and Jagapathi Babu in the lead roles.
On 25th April 2019, as per reports, the cam-print of the much-awaited film is leaked by a piracy website TamilRockers two days before its release. 'Avengers: Endgame' is the 22nd film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the latest after 'Captain Marvel', which released last month.
On 25th May 2019, Tamil film 'Lisaa' was leaked on the website. 'Lisaa' is a story of a young woman who goes to meet her estranged grandparents and ends up facing life-threatening situations. Directed by Raju Viswanath the film stars Anjali, Sam Jones, Makarand Deshpande and Yogi Babu.
On 2nd Aug 2019, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba starrer Hollywood movie 'Hobbs and Shaw' was leaked online on the same day of its theatrical release. 'Hobbs and Shaw' is spin-off of 'Fast and Furious'.
On 3rd Aug 2019, Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Anupama Parameswaran starrer 'Rakshasudu' was leaked only by Tamilrockers. 'Rakshasudu' is an official remake of the 2018 Tamil film 'Ratsasan' and is directed by Ramesh Varma.
On 8th Aug 2019, Ajith’s Nerkonda Paarvai was leaked online even before its theatrical release. The film is Tamil remake of Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer Bollywood movie 'Pink'. 'Nerkonda Paarvai' is story of three girls, who befriend a few influential youngsters under the influence of alcohol, realise they are in danger when one of them try to molest a girl. The two parties file case against each other, after which the court looks into it.
On 30th Aug 2019, Tamilrockers leaked Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor sarrer 'Saaho' with in few hours of its theatrical release. 'Saaho' is story of a man who uses an arsenal of weapons to battle a gang of heavily armed thugs in the city. With the city under fire and people's lives at risk, the one man has to give everything he has got to take the city back.
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