Indian Politicians Caught Watching Unauthorized Copy Of Film About Politics
from the obscurity-or-piracy? dept
Apparently there’s a popular political thriller movie that recently was released in India, called Politics (or Raajneeti). It’s doing quite well, but apparently a group of actual politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to watch the movie and didn’t want to go to a theater to do so. So they had a recent screening for dozens of elected officials from the party at a hotel. Of course, since the movie wasn’t available on DVD or elsewhere besides movie theaters, apparently they found an unauthorized copy elsewhere. The only reason this got out was due to news reports on the screening, and the director of the movie is upset, though he admits that if they had just asked him for a copy of the movie he would have given it to them for free.
This raises two points. First, it’s always amusing to me to see politicians, who often are among the most sanctimonious when it comes to the supposed importance of copyright law, quite frequently feel no need to obey copyright law themselves. Second, it seems like the director of the movie is overreacting — perhaps in an attempt to get more publicity for the movie. If he admits that he would have handed over a free copy anyway, what is he complaining about? He didn’t “lose” anything. In fact, he saved time and effort by not having to approve this and not having to send out a copy of the movie. This way, it was actually a lot more efficient.