Raid at Radio City – Park Towers

On August 22, 2006, the police conducted a raid at Radio City, Park Towers on information of violation of Intellectual Property Rights laws and the owner, Mr. Arif Ghani was taken into custody on charges of possession and sale of the movie “Fast and the Furious – Tokyo Drift”. An FIR in this regard has also been lodged.

The raid took place because the movie was being officially released in Pakistan, and hence had legal representation, which allowed such action to be taken. It seems that this might be the way things will go for a while until piracy itself gets curtailed.

Question is, does this open the door to international media labels coming into Pakistan?

16 Comments so far

  1. Kashif Ali Bhutto (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

    If they do have illegal copies of movies, then I do support this raid. I would never support pirated DVDs/CDs and on the top, quality sucks.

    But again, you can easily get copy of this movie from Rainbow Center. So police should also raid there.

    Regards,


  2. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 6:13 pm

    LOL !!
    someone wanted him in trouble.. thats all
    everyone on boat basin has pirated dvds, why didnt they raid that place or any other place.. why him =D


  3. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

    LOL !!
    someone wanted him in trouble.. thats all
    everyone on boat basin has pirated dvds, why didnt they raid that place or any other place.. why him =D


  4. verysmart (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

    YEh, correct. why one person is suffering if the entire country can buy any CD whatsoever for Rs.30

    Has his company announced any screening of the said movie?


  5. Schawlaf (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 7:44 pm

    just google Pirated movies hub and Rainbow center will be on top of the list now which other ‘shopping plaza’in Pakistan beside Rainbow Center Karachi and Hafeez center Lahore has the honor of being mentioned in numerous forums throughout the world . I’m not for piracy but what choice do we have Limited cinemas , limited movies and our thirst for entertainment , give us good movies in theatres , make some more theatres with reasonable rates and piracy could be curbed


  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 9:10 pm

    I can find more pirated copies of movies on P2P systems like Kazaa and gnutella networks then Rainbow center.


  7. Ali Chishti (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

    Opening doors to International Investors at the cost of ‘Pakistanis’ only happens in the land of pure – Multinationals are and will milk us more and send billions back to their respected country of origin that increases the forex rates – so the more alien companies , more the prices of dollar which is effects our imports & exports – hence a loss –
    this government specially and nawaz-bibi chain previously has sold our nation to ‘wilayat-e-babus’ and ‘sheikhs’ – intellectual rights at the cost of millions of families ? never …
    Bangladesh Paliment made a law not to touch pirates of softwares in their respected country because piracy benefits lower classses inpower lower classes to compete if you don’t do that you are serving the interest of the elite class .


  8. Ali Chishti (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    Opening doors to International Investors at the cost of ‘Pakistanis’ only happens in the land of pure – Multinationals are and will milk us more and send billions back to their respected country of origin that increases the forex rates – so the more alien companies , more the prices of dollar which is effects our imports & exports – hence a loss –
    this government specially and nawaz-bibi chain previously has sold our nation to ‘wilayat-e-babus’ and ‘sheikhs’ – intellectual rights at the cost of millions of families ? never …
    Bangladesh Paliment made a law not to touch pirates of softwares in their respected country because piracy benefits lower classses inpower lower classes to compete if you don’t do that you are serving the interest of the elite class .


  9. Jamash (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 12:45 am

    Poor Radio city ppl… :(


  10. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 1:34 am

    I am not in favour of piracy but i think a common man in pakistan cant afford to rent or own movies if they are not pirated.

    A dvd costs around $20 in US. how much do u think hollywood would be able to reduce the price so that it becomes affordable. can someone convince Hollywood to sell us their movies for a dollar.

    one more thing i noticed is that a lot of people are collecting the movies. its quite cheap so they can buy it. i think a lot of people would have to change this habit. If we somehow convince Hollywood to sell us movies so that they can be rented at a reasonable price but i think that price have to be less Rs30 which right now can get u a pirated copy.


  11. Adil (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    It seems that the Radio City person did not give the monthly “security fees” to the police personnel, and hence the raid. That is mostly when the police raid… if city government or police palms haven’t been greased. Also the norm for when “encroachments” are demolished (like the one on Shahrah-e-Faisal) and exactly why all sorts of illegal activities keep going on everywhere in the city under the purview of the police/city government.


  12. mansoor (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    radio city is a registered establishment which has to abide by the rules and regulations of privacy.

    Rainbow center and other movie shops are not registered under any law, and are operating very much on their own.

    i support the Raid on Radio City.

    also, adnan makes a very valid point that more movies (all qualities, from CAM to DVDRip) are avaialble on P2P networks. Combine that with the TOR network, and you’ve got a virtually invisible way to get them…

    Ali Chisti: “Multinationals looting us?” Come on man! its a world of being a global village… and whatever the multinationals take.. they give back in terms of ancillary benefits as well!! Dont make us go back to the 18th century, where everything foreign was termed haraam. We all know where that led us.

    As far as inspirex’s question goes.. i hope it does bring more labels here… Once we establish a cinema going population, our local cinema industry will surely get a boost… since now, any movie bein made can be shown in as many as 10 theaters country wide ONLY.. so there’s no major money in it for anyone to invest big. Ofcourse, the more movies, the more jobs since it creates the need for a lot of skilled professionals… just like the TV industry did.


  13. Arslan (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

    lolzzz police take money from the shopkeepersz of rainbow center…! check out at night or when its abt to close…


  14. Amjad Noon (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2006 @ 3:12 pm

    i am also found of watching/collection of movies. To meet my hobby i bought a dvd home-theater costing me Rs 32000/-. When i tried to buy the dvd movies i found all of them pirated and none of the dvd CD had matching audio/video performance even at Radio City’s shops.So i wasted my money.i think raid at CD’s shop will not address the issue unless responsible organisation promote legal and under copy write act audio/video entertainment.This is the dilemma of our all the govt organisation that we try to block the illegal practice by the culprits but at the same time they dont show you the legal way of getting the things.I also researched on this that how they get movies and what are the reasons of poor quality.i came to know that their are three four stages of quality movies, first is camera print then they add better audio and lastly copy of original dvd when it is launched in the market by the promoter. What our CD’s shop they do to earn money they are in compitation to get the movie first they have contacts in USA and India. as soon as their source gets the copy either camera print or original he contacts them and on agreement of price source gives them the computer code in which movie is stored.our shopkeeper downloads that copy and next day brings into the market.in all this process of downloading they lost the picture and audio quality. i can challange to any one who can identify me any shop in Pakistan which sells original CD’s under copy write act. we all are watching downloaded movies.


  15. Amjad Noon (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    i am also found of watching/collection of movies. To meet my hobby i bought a dvd home-theater costing me Rs 32000/-. When i tried to buy the dvd movies i found all of them pirated and none of the dvd CD had matching audio/video performance even at Radio City’s shops.So i wasted my money.i think raid at CD’s shop will not address the issue unless responsible organisation promote legal and under copy write act audio/video entertainment.This is the dilemma of our all the govt organisation that we try to block the illegal practice by the culprits but at the same time they dont show you the legal way of getting the things.I also researched on this that how they get movies and what are the reasons of poor quality.i came to know that their are three four stages of quality movies, first is camera print then they add better audio and lastly copy of original dvd when it is launched in the market by the promoter. What our CD’s shop they do to earn money they are in compitation to get the movie first they have contacts in USA and India. as soon as their source gets the copy either camera print or original he contacts them and on agreement of price source gives them the computer code in which movie is stored.our shopkeeper downloads that copy and next day brings into the market.in all this process of downloading they lost the picture and audio quality. i can challange to any one who can identify me any shop in Pakistan which sells original CD’s under copy write act. we all are watching downloaded movies.


  16. Amjad Noon (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2006 @ 3:14 pm

    i am also found of watching/collection of movies. To meet my hobby i bought a dvd home-theater costing me Rs 32000/-. When i tried to buy the dvd movies i found all of them pirated and none of the dvd CD had matching audio/video performance even at Radio City’s shops.So i wasted my money.i think raid at CD’s shop will not address the issue unless responsible organisation promote legal and under copy write act audio/video entertainment.This is the dilemma of our all the govt organisation that we try to block the illegal practice by the culprits but at the same time they dont show you the legal way of getting the things.I also researched on this that how they get movies and what are the reasons of poor quality.i came to know that their are three four stages of quality movies, first is camera print then they add better audio and lastly copy of original dvd when it is launched in the market by the promoter. What our CD’s shop they do to earn money they are in compitation to get the movie first they have contacts in USA and India. as soon as their source gets the copy either camera print or original he contacts them and on agreement of price source gives them the computer code in which movie is stored.our shopkeeper downloads that copy and next day brings into the market.in all this process of downloading they lost the picture and audio quality. i can challange to any one who can identify me any shop in Pakistan which sells original CD’s under copy write act. we all are watching downloaded movies.



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