Satish Venkateshwarlu, A 28-year-old engineer from Hyderabad has been arrested by Maharashtra Cyber Cell for streaming pirated content taken from other OTT platforms on an application called Thop TV. He was arrested on July 12 after the complaint filed by Viacom 18 Media Private Limited along with other broadcasters.
According to the reports, Thop TV application has lakhs of viewers, which include 5,000 paid subscribers. The app only cost Rs 35 for one-month subscription, which is very less in comparison to OTT platforms. The app reportedly streams pirated content from OTT platforms such as Prime Video, Netflix, Zee5, and more. Due to such low pricing and a wide range of content, the app becomes popular in a short span of time.
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The developer has been taken into 7 days of police custody. It is reported that due to the free availability of pirated content, major OTT platforms have faced a substantial revenue loss. The case was registered under sections 43, 66, 66B of the IT Act 2000, Copyright Act Section 63, and Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 420 and 34.