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.
Good news for Kollywood industry. #Tamilrockers seems to be blocked now
— Sathish Kumar M (@sathishmsk) October 19, 2020
Netizens started sharing updates on Twitter on October 20 that the latest domain for the Tamilrockers website failed to load despite several attempts.
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.
Thanks for everything buddy 😑
Please come back 😢…. pic.twitter.com/cbGNH2YKMB
— ima.robot (AJAY) 💣🚀💣 (@ima_robot_bot) October 19, 2020
— Thanendra Kashyap (@thanendra007) October 19, 2020
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.
Due to multiple DMCA issued by Amazon International, all the TLDs under #TamilRockers are suspended from the original ICANN registry and pulled off from the root zone. More information on the closure will be revealed shortly.
— RENGA VJ™ (@RengaVj) October 19, 2020
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.