The story of Baahubali: The Conclusion is one of the most closely guarded secrets of the Indian film industry. The second part of the epic series has created a buzz on an unprecedented scale as the first part ended on a cliffhanger. However, the worst nightmare of the filmmakers had come true. A nine-minute video clip of the film was leaked online and is now said to be doing the rounds on social media. While the makers are yet to confirm it, the clip is said to be a part of film’s crucial climax.
A graphic designer was arrested today for allegedly stealing and uploading a six-minute clipping of the upcoming film ‘Baahubali 2’ on YouTube, police said.
The producer of ‘Baahubali 2’ lodged a complaint with cyber crime wing of Hyderabad police today stating that last night he saw video clippings of Baahubali-2 footage on YouTube and asked his team to find out how it happened.
After looking at the five minute video footage being streamed on YouTube, the producer realised that it could have only been stolen from Annapurna Studios, where the footage was given for design work.
“The producer’s team also found out that Krishna Dayanand Chowdary, a trainee graphics designer working at the Annapurna studios stole the footage by logging into the server,” ACP Cyber Crimes, Hyderabad commissionerate, KCS RaghuVeer said.
The team located Chowdary’s house at Tolichowki and checked his laptop, where they find the stolen video. It was also revealed that he had also forwarded the clipping to two of his friends at Vijayawada through his phone. However, his phone was found formatted, the officer said.
Police seized Krishna’s computer, his cell phone and pen drive. During subsequent interrogation, Krishna further confessed that he logged into the computer server at the graphics design unit of Annapurna studios on Monday afternoon and copied six minutes audio visual footage of the movie into his pen drive.
Based on his complaint, police registered a case against Krishna under sections 43 (b), 66 of the IT Act and section 63 of the Copyright Act.
Police said they will be writing to YouTube to block Baahubali-2 footage being streamed online. “We will also ask for the IP address and account details of the video uploader,” the ACP said.
Krishna, 25, is a native of Sattupally in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh and police are now gathering details about his antecedents, how he joined Annapurna studios and how he managed to access the server at the studio to steal the footage.
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