TamilRockers (TR) is one among the foremost asked for a “black market” means of a free movie download website. This website is an Indian torrent tracker that focuses on high-quality versions of movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English (also their dubbed versions) and many other languages. The Indian authorities keep trying to block the website but they keep evading blockage by changing their domain name extensions each time.
In the year 2011, this website was created by the members of the TamilRockers community. Initially, it was a recording network website. Later on, after a month, this website was transformed into an open-for-public film download and online streaming website. They earn lots of money by uploading pirated movies and driving viewers to their ad monetized pages illegally.
The admins of this website modify and update their domain extension and IP address once each month in order to avoid the anti-piracy cell and enable their visitors to watch and download pirated movies online from their website, hence, overcoming all the blockages/obstructions made by the Indian Government
Why TamilRockers website is illegal in India?
It had been found by the MPA (Motion Pictures Association) that online piracy for movie content is very significant in India. In another report by Ernst and Young in the year 2008, it had been found that the Indian film industry lost USD 959 (Rs. 4,411 crores) million and 5,71,896 jobs due to piracy. This proves that the online movie piracy behemoth TamilRockers is one of the nation’s biggest blows to the movie industry.
Imagine yourself as a filmmaker. You make a film down to your last dime. How would you feel when someone tries to steal that?
That is why; these types of websites are a threat to the filmmakers and the film industry as a whole. We should not use such websites to download movies keeping in mind the welfare of filmmakers and also the laws in India against online piracy which can lead to serious punishments.
How did the TamilRockers website work?
TamilRockers website enables its users to look for and download pirated content with the help of magnetic links and sharing of torrent files between computers (peers) connected through a network. This website can be simply accessed with the assistance of VPN and proxy servers anytime.
This website makes cash from downloading and from pop-up advertisements. They earn $7,000 to $18,000 approximately in just one month. There are around 8,50,000 searches in TamilRockers every day and during the weekend after new movie releases, it reaches around 40,00,000 easily. So, whenever someone downloads a movie from TamilRockers, they get paid for each download.
After every month the TamilRockers change their domain name to avoid being caught by the anti-piracy cell and run smoothly.
There are a number of such websites that are banned by the Indian government with the help of anti-piracy cell in order to eliminate this illegal way of downloading movies. These websites are-
What is the reason behind piracy being so rampant in India?
The reason why piracy is so rampant in India is low-income levels, high ticket prices, cheap net infrastructure. Another major reason is the release of films in countries like the UAE prior to India. All these reasons lead to content piracy.