Pirates of Bollywood – Copyrights, Legal Thriller (Novel), Piracy, Crime – Episode 14
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Authored by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala
Shan was in full steam when Khan got back. “Piracy is a curse, and pirates, thugs of the first order,” he declared. The diction was grave and boldly exaggerated, but the crowd, dominated by content owners and creators, agreed unanimously with his sentiment. While the less expressive nodded their concurrence, the most expressive applauded and cheered noisily. “Piracy breeds contempt and crime. Mankind will be saved of those evils if we put an end to piracy.” Seeing the audience’s ecstatic response to Shan’s hyperbole, Khan made a mental note to puff up the numbers he would be quoting in his talk. As Shan continued, Khan felt an unusual sensation run through his body. “To be successful, the fight against piracy has to be multidimensional, integrating legal, economic, social, ethical, and other factors.” Shan elaborated on the need to build a robust plan to combat piracy in various forums, online and offline, through concerted efforts, before narrowing down to legal reforms. He observed that stringent laws and their implementation form the foundation for any action and pointed out that the existing law offered little support, and hence calls for reform.
“Indian copyright, information technology and criminal laws,” he said, “Must be amended to exercise severe punishment to pirates. Proactive enforcement mechanism, speedy justice, and strong government support is the need of the hour.” Before concluding, Shan outlined the sessions planned during the course of Frames, and urged everyone to participate and provide their input to various panels. “This year’s Frames,” he emphatically proclaimed, “will push the frontiers of creativity, by forming a society free from theft, a society where creators are honoured, and a society built by imaginative minds. Neither an information economy, nor a knowledge economy, ladies and gentlemen,” Shan finally proclaimed, “India will soon be known as the creative economy of the world.” Amidst resounding applause, Shan strode to his seat, mighty pleased with self.
After a short intervention by the lady in blue, which he barely heard, owing to the pain in his chest, Khan slowly reached the podium. Once Lamba turned the presentation on, he started addressing the audience. “My good friend Shan has told you his story of the pirates of Bollywood. Unlike his movies, this is a true story, most of it untold, for reasons, once again, untold. I am here to tell the story from an economic perspective.” The pain in Khan’s chest intensified, making him dizzy, and he started perspiring. At this point, continuing the talk required a herculean effort. Summoning all his energies, Khan said, “Losses from piracy are estimated to be more than 20,000 crores …” Khan’s last few words were just a whisper, and he collapsed, holding his chest. Shocked and shaken, the audience sat still. The entire auditorium was motionless and quiet for a fleeting moment. Lamba and Shan were the first to realize what happened.
“Call the doctor please,” Lamba shouted as he ran to the stage. Shan, Tagore, and the stunned lady in blue reached Khan before Lamba.
Tagore checked his pulse but found none. Once the audience realized what happened, pandemonium broke. Some ran forward to take a closer look, others tried their best to get pictures and videos, and many tried to rush out of small doorways. Satisfied with the outcome, the mustached man took one last look at Khan’s still body, and calmly joined the rushing crowd towards the exit.
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