Schuster: Mad Buddies pirates are killers

2012-06-25 11:46

Johannesburg - Several people are to appear in court on Monday for allegedly trying to make a pirate copy of Leon Schuster's new movie, according to a report on Monday.

"These guys are murderers - they're killing our film industry," Schuster told The Star newspaper.

He said there had already been several attempts to pirate his latest movie Mad Buddies, which officially opened in cinemas on Friday.

On Thursday, a man was caught recording the movie on a hand-held camcorder during a screening at Maponya Mall, in Soweto, Johannesburg. He was expected to appear in court on Monday.

Evaded arrest

In the Western Cape, two people were arrested at Parow Mall, in Parow, Cape Town, and at the Promenade Mall, in Mitchells Plain, for allegedly trying to record the movie with a camcorder. Both were expected to appear in court on Monday.

There had been similar attempts at the Bedford Centre, in Bedfordview, at Menlyn, in Pretoria, and at the Festival mall, in Kempton Park, but the suspected pirates evaded arrest.

Last week, stand-up comedian Riaad Moosa commented on the social networking site Twitter that the DVD of his film Material was available, and he urged people to pay to watch it.

"DVD now avail in stories nationwide. Plz retweet. The Pirates are killing us...," he tweeted.


  • Dean - 2012-06-25 13:48

    pirate this local shyte? WHY??? Its just another tappit lame scripted storyline schuster flick! One amongst many.

  • delano.els - 2012-06-25 14:37

    A remedy for this is quite simple, one could swear it's the ANC trying to figure something out. All I'm asking YOU Mr Shuster, how much are you worth? The list can go on, Riaad Moosa as well, HOW MUCH do you make a year? Oh and now that you are famous of course you forget you also copied BETA or VHS movies...come on man FFS get real! I'm certainly not one for copying movies, but a solution is to actually stop ripping people off and charge a fair amount for the crap you do. Just my dvd pr cd is worth it's money a person pay, therefor I'm not interested in any of it. I'll go watch it at the cinema, and that's that...I've no seen it

      Mandy Casey - 2012-06-25 21:05

      Love the part where you mention that Schuster had copied movies himself in the past

  • Castiel - 2012-06-25 14:38

    Maybe if the dvd and movies ticket prices were a little bit more reasonable?

      reg.woolston.1 - 2012-06-25 15:18

      I used to think that until we moved to California. Movie $10, add popcorn and drink, another $12 ... add 2 children and you have a $50 outing. How are the prices over in SA lately ??

      H9005 - 2012-06-26 09:14

      @Castiel - Agree that dvd's have been too expensive. But if you wait a little the prices start to drop (normal demand and supply). The thing with the pirates is that they will continue to do it even if DVD's were priced at a reasonable R20 - R50. It's just in some people to take the illegal route. No idea why. Similar to cable theft - one wonders why the scrap dealers buy it when they know there is a good chance it's stolen - but they do it anyway . The other problem is that the licensing requirements are a bit too strict. If I understand it correctly I cannot buy a DVD (legally) and make a backup copy for myself - this would be illegal, why??? I already for the thing. I just don't want to have to buy it twice (if it breaks and it's a classic for example). Delano.els is right, watch it once (cinema/video hire)and that's that.

      anthony.denozo.336 - 2012-06-26 12:12

      Hi H9005, I recall that it is legal to copy a CD or DVD, for private use only, provided that you can show that you own an original, if you mass copy and distribute, you're a pirate, if you just want to preserve a collection, no problem.

  • dianne.b.hartley - 2012-06-25 16:05

    'Killing our film industry'! That died a long time ago of boredom.

      jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-06-25 16:51

      Movies like Mad Buddies are killing our film industry.

  • onegreenparker - 2012-06-25 20:14

    Is this much effort going into protecting movies made elsewhere? Perhaps if piracy were stopped, prices would come down? I'd like to see some comment on that idea from those in the industry.

  • Sam - 2012-06-25 20:28

    Kudos to the guys that had to watch the whole thing while they filmed it in the cinema, that must have been hard, they showed real dedication.

      H9005 - 2012-06-26 09:14


  • Jo - 2012-06-26 16:53

    Why the balls would you copy a Leon Schuster movie? FAIL.

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