Pirated copies of Mandela film not the actual movie

2013-11-19 11:56

Even the pirated copies are not always the “real thing”.

The Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft has released a statement warning that the pirated copies of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom being peddled on the streets of Johannesburg are not even the actual film.

In fact, the DVDs feature a 2004 doccie titled Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela. The pirates use artwork from the Mandela movie as covers for the discs.

Anant Singh, producer of Mandela, also spoke out against piracy. “We have taken every possible measure to ensure that Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is not pirated. It is extremely disappointing that the film is being targeted by pirates.

“People are being duped into believing what the pirates have released into the market is the actual film. This should be a lesson for the public not to buy pirated films.”

The CEO of the Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft, Corné Guldenpfennig, has warned pirates that the federation is vigilant in cinema theatres and on the streets throughout the country.

She also warned criminals that criminal actions will be taken against all perpetrators, whether for fraud and/or under the copyright legislation.


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