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An Indian firm claims it was hired to carry out denial of service attacks against film download and torrent tracker websites at the behest of Bollywood movie distributors in India.

Girish Kumar, managing director of Aiplex Software, said it was paid to search for sites offering download of newly released films, before issuing copyright takedown notices.

"Generally speaking 95 per cent of... providers do remove the content," Kumar said. "It's only the torrent sites - 20 to 25 per cent of the torrent sites - that do not have respect for any of the copyright notices."

In cases where providers fail to take action on takedown notices, then Aiplex goes to plan B - launching a denial of service attack against offending websites, a tactic that differentiates Aiplex's tactics from the track-and-sue technique of Western legal firms employed by Western film studios.

"The only means that we can put the site down is denial-of-service," Kumar explained, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. "Basically we have to flood [the site] with millions and millions of requests and put the site down."

Bollywood studios are Aiplex's main clients, but it also claims to do work for Fox Star Studios, a joint venture between Fox and Star TV targeting the Asian film market. ®

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