To tackle film piracy and copyright infringement The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Cinematograph Act 1952 on Wednesday. The amendment will bring criminal provisions for such acts. The film fraternity has wholeheartedly welcomed the Union Cabinet’s permission to amend 1952, Cinematograph Act.
Siddharth Roy Kapur, the President of Producer Guild India said, “This is a significant move to protect intellectual property in our country. This communicates to all stakeholders that as a country we respect and reward innovation and creativity, and will ensure that the rights of owners and creators of this intellectual property are safeguarded.”
Producer, Anand Pandit welcomed the amendment and said, “Issues like copyright infringement, film piracy, camcording, and content leakage have definitely led to weakening the Indian film industry by hampering the deserved revenue production. I welcome the amendment to the Cinematographer Act which will penalize anyone who indulges in piracy. Unofficial estimates have put the loss of revenue to the Indian film industry because of piracy at 2.5 billion dollars. What is needed now is strict implementation of the same.”
Director, Omung Kumar B said, “I welcome the move by the Modi government. For the longest time, many films have suffered because they have either been leaked online or prints have been stolen from cinema halls. I believe that with the fear of being penalized will act as a huge deterrent, at least significantly. I believe that now the implementation of this amendment is what is needed. It should be strictly implemented and that will really help the industry.”
The recommended amendment states that any person who tries to record video to make or transmit a copy, without written permission from the copyright owner, or encourage such acts, which leads to unauthorized camcording and duplication of films, will be liable for a punishment which includes a jail term of three years along with a fine of Rs 10 lakh.
Since the Bollywood delegates went to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has started paying heed to the film industry also. The delegates talked to length about the day to day issues the industry faces, with the PM.
As a result, the GST rates on the cinema tickets were lowered which brought a wave of happiness across the nation, which was just a first step.
Then Piyush Goyal presented the interim budget for 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha and announced a single window clearance for the Indian filmmakers to ease the shooting, production, and release of the film.