In its ongoing fight against digital piracy and illicit use of content, Viacom18 Media Pvt. ltd. work closely with Maharashtra Cyber Crime Cell, Mumbai. The Cyber Crime Cell arrested Subhanjan Kayet for his involvement in the hacked sites/platforms named Thop TV. He was charged with software development, technical manipulation, illegal streaming and television broadcasting of content from Viacom18 channels and its OTT – Voot platform.
He appeared before the Esplanade court on 23rd May 2022 where the Court remanded him to five days in police custody given the seriousness of the offense and at the request of the public prosecutor. Maharashtra Cyber Crime Unit also froze his bank account from which he allegedly received the illegal proceeds of illegal activities. He had been dreading his arrest for a few months after his bail applications were rejected by courts in Kolkata and Mumbai.
Superintendent of Police, Maharashtra Cyber, Mumbai, Sh Sanjay Shintre said, “Maharashtra Intellectual property Crime Unit (MIPCU) Special Anti-Piracy Unit arrested the accused Subhanjan Samiran Kayet from Gobardanaga Harbra, 24 Paragana, West Bengal on 22n/a May 2022 because he seems to be the main developer of the THOP TV app. We have enough evidence on this.
The Viacom18 spokesperson said: “We are grateful to Maharashtra Cyber for continuing this action against piracy. It is important to make it clear that exploiting or abetting a counterfeit business is a serious offense that affects the creative community as a whole. The perpetrators will be found and brought to justice.
Viacom18 has always been at the forefront of fighting piracy of its content and channels. Along with Maharashtra Cyber Crime Cell, the efforts also led to the arrest of the founder and CEO of Thop TV in the recent past. Viacom18 and the TV18 Network will continue to fight commercial threats related to piracy and protect their channel content using all available legal methods.
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