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Cabinet approves amendment to the Cinematograph Act, 1952

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for introducing the Cinematograph Amendment Bill, 2019 to amend to the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

Feb 7, 2019 14:10 IST
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The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for introducing the Cinematograph Amendment Bill, 2019 to amend to the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

The bill aims to tackle piracy in films by including the penal provisions for unauthorised camcording and duplication of films.

Key Highlights

The bill proposes two major amendments- insertion of new Section 6AA in the Act for prohibition of unauthorised recording and amendment in Section 7 to introduce penal provisions for violating provisions of section 6AA.

Under the proposed amendments, no person shall without the written authorisation of the author be permitted to use any audio visual recording device to knowingly make or transmit or attempt to make or transmit or abet the making or transmission of a copy of a film or a part thereof.

The expression author shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in the clause (d) of section 2 of the Copyright act of 1957.

Further, in case of violations of the provisions of section 6AA, the violators shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years or with fine which may extend to 10 lakh rupees or with both.

Significance

The proposed amendments are expected to increase Industry revenues, boost job creation, fulfill important objectives of India’s National IP policy and will give relief against piracy and infringing content online.

Background

The film industry has been since long demanding that the Government should consider amendments to the law preventing camcording and piracy.

PM Narendra Modi addressed the issue while speaking during the inaugural function of the National Museum of Indian Cinema at Mumbai on January 19, 2019. The matter was then brought to the consideration of the Union Cabinet.

The medium of cinema, the tools and the technology associated with it and even its audience has undergone radical changes over a period of time.

There have also been many changes in the field of media and entertainment with the proliferation of TV channels and cable network throughout the country, the advent of new digital technology, apprehension of piracy, particularly release of the pirated version of films on internet, causing huge losses to the film industry and government exchequer.

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