Lyca clears the air on piracy allegations

Last Updated: Mon, May 14, 2018 16:31 hrs
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Lyca Productions have issued a strong statement denying piracy allegations made by whistle-blowing website Savukku.

“A few days back savukkuonline.com carried an article accusing Lyca Productions of advocating and propagating online piracy. Lyca Productions is a leading Indian Film Production and Distribution company. The domain names under which the so-called piracy activities were carried out are lycamovie.com and lycamovies.com. Lycamovie.com was created on May 21st, 2014 under the admin name Tamil Tamilan. On May 22nd, 2014, the website was re-directed to Tamilgun.com a popular online piracy site. On 2nd June 2014, Lycamovies.com was created under the same admin name Tamil Tamilan. Subsequently, Lycamovies.com was also redirected to Lycamovie.com. Activities on both Lycamovies.com and Lycamovie.com were shut down by 29th June 2014. At this point, we would like to clearly state that neither Lyca group nor Lyca productions were in anyway associated with either of the domain names — lycamovies.com and lycamovie.com. Following this, the domain name lycamovie.com was not renewed by the previous admin Tamil Tamilan and it became free. Lyca Group undertook the domain name Lycamovie.com on July 5th, 2017. Lyca Group could not acquire the domain name Lycamovies.com as the domain name was renewed. It is common corporate practice to acquire domain names with prefixes and suffixes as a company expands”, said Lyca Productions in their official statement.

Lyca says Lycamovie.com is currently redirected to lycaproductions.in but before July 5th 2017, they were not the owner of the domain name. “Presently lycamovie.comis redirected to lycaproductions.in, Lyca Productions's official website. We would like to reiterate Lyca Productions was in no way associated with lycamovie.com prior to July 5th, 2017. Also post-July 5th 2017 there has been no online piracy activities on lycamovie.com. Therefore the allegations against Lyca Productions are baseless and intentional to defame the company name”.

The producers of 2.0 say that their production company is against piracy and expressed their disappointment against media houses who reported the news without even verifying with the spokesperson of Lyca.

“As an organization, Lyca Group has strongly advocated Anti Piracy norms and has taken extensive steps to curb piracy for both our films and other films. If there is any substantiating evidence against us, we are willing to clarify it in any forum. It is disappointing that a verified online site like savukkuonline.com can carry such a defamatory article without clarifying it with us. That goes completely against Journalistic integrity. It is further disappointing when other media houses carry this without checking with us or clarifying the same. We have decided to take stringent action against the media houses and personalities who have spoken baselessly against Lyca Group. We at Lyca Productions believe in strong content creation and have always supported the film industry at every juncture. We request everyone not to believe baseless allegations and to clarify anything with us directly”, read the statement.

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