Piracy website Tamilrockers blocked; netizens share updates, memes

People started sharing updates on Twitter on October 20 that the latest domain for the Tamilrockers website failed to load despite several attempts

Speculations are rife that Amazon Prime Video may have stepped in and gotten involved directly after numerous movies released on their OTT platform were leaked within a few hours of release on Tamilrockers. Representational image: iStock

In what came as good news for the Indian film industry, particularly Kollywood, reports said piracy website Tamilrockers may have been shut down by external sources.

Netizens started sharing updates on Twitter on October 20 that the latest domain for the Tamilrockers website failed to load despite several attempts.

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Meanwhile, another piracy website named Tamil MV posted a farewell message to Tamilrockers on their website, saying, “Thanks to TR for his wonderful services for a decade! – from team TMV.

“The site was shut down by themselves, nothing more than that,” they added.

Speculations are rife that Amazon Prime Video may have stepped in and gotten involved directly after numerous movies released on their OTT platform were leaked within a few hours of release on the piracy website.

Piracy has been a serious threat especially for the growth of OTT platforms, since the film industry had to release movies through these platforms after movie theatres were shut down during the lockdown.

However, people are expecting a comeback by the piracy website, since this is not the first time the website got suspended and came back under a different domain.

Tamilrockers has released several movies in different languages within hours of release, including Ka Pae Ranasingam (Tamil), Khaali Peeli (Hindi), Putham Pudhu Kaalai (Tamil), Avengers: The Endgame (English) and many others.

According to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a US copyright law, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) sent several takedown notices to Tamilrockers on behalf of Amazon.

Generally, when a notice is issued by the copyright firm, the website that infringes the copyright will be taken down by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) or Hosting company.

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