Engineer driving “THOP TV” app is apprehended by Maharashtra Cyber Police.



The investigation began following Viacom 18 Media Private Limited and another network complained with Maharashtra Cyber, saying that the "rogue, standalone" software was feeding and distributing their material without permission. A Hyderabad-based IT expert has been detained in Mumbai for supposedly building and maintaining smartphone apps to Livestream stolen content across multiple Ott services and streaming services.

A courtroom in Mumbai has sentenced Satish Venkateshwarlu, who was detained in Telangana's capital on Monday, to seven days in police detention. This 28-year-old has indeed been managing the “Thop TV” app for the past two years, as per authorities. They stated that the app had millions of users, includes 5,000 paying customers.

The application was disseminated amongst subscribers using social media channels and cost even just a modest membership price, beginning at Rs 35. The plaintiff media and entertainment firms stated that the app had resulted in significant income loss, prompting the filing of a complaint under Sections 43, 66, and 66B of the Information Technology Act of 2000, Section 63 of the Copyright Act, and Sections 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). 

The defendant had constructed a separate copied program, via something he would collect material from many other networks using an integrated API (Application Programming Interface), according to officials from Mumbai Cyber's investigation and analysis division.



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