India’s music millionaires turn to slumdog pirates for help

In a tiny booth in a teeming Mumbai bazaar sits a potential saviour of the Indian music industry. He’s not a budding sitar player, or a famed Bollywood composer. He’s a mobile phone repairman and a small-time bootlegger.Hemant, who prefers not to give his full name for fear of attracting a police raid, earns part of his living by illegally loading mobile phone memory cards with pirated media content. Customers drop off the memory card from their handset and place an order – usually something like, “Two gigabytes of the latest film soundtracks; and 1GB of video please.”

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