Drive launched to stop piracy of Bengali films in US

June 16th, 2010 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS  

By Arun Kumar
Washington, June 16 (IANS) After opening a gateway for latest Bengali films for viewers in North America, a US based media group has initiated a drive to stop piracy of Bengali films in America.

As part of the drive, Databazaar Media Ventures (DMV), the media wing of Datbazaar.com, plans to issue legal notices to all retail outlets in North America asking them to desist from stocking and selling pirated versions of the films acquired by it.

“We have adopted a zero tolerance policy towards unscrupulous businessmen and individuals who have no respect for intellectual property rights,” stated Oney Seal, chairman of the Databazaar Group of Companies.

“We have initiated the process and are confident that we will be able to effectively counter piracy of movies and ensure that producers are not deprived of their rightful profit.”

“If these retail outlets continue with this practice then legal action will be taken against the infringement parties. Legal action will also be taken against those who violate digital rights of these movies,” added Seal.

DMV has signed exclusive partner agreements to distribute Bengali films through over 19,000 online and retail stores across the US and Canada including major chains such as Best Buy, Target, Fry’s Electronics, Blockbuster, Netflix, Amazon and Wal-Mart, along with, theatrical releases in certain demographics

DMV said it will also be sending a similar notice to the organizers of the North American Bengali Conference to be held this July, informing them of its intention to enforce intellectual property rights as in the past some vendors were seen selling pirated versions of Bengali movies to unsuspecting and trusting customers.

Welcoming this initiative undertaken by DMV, Maryland State House Majority Leader Kumar Barve said: “This is the right move in the right direction.”

“I have always believed in enforcement of intellectual property rights and I am glad that Databazaar Media Ventures is taking the requisite legal steps to enforce this. This will also help the economy.”

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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