To Tackle Film Piracy Union Cabinet Approves Amendment to the Cinematograph Act, 1952February 07, 2019 11:12
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In a move to tackle film piracy and copyright Infringement the Union Cabinet on Wednesday made changes to the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting by introducing the Cinematograph Amendment Bill, 2019 to amend to the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
The Bill aims to tackle Films piracy by including the penal provisions for unauthorized camcording and duplication of films.
It added a new Section 6AA for prohibition of unauthorized recording
It says “Notwithstanding any law for the time being in force, no person shall without the written authorization 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.”
“If any person contravenes the provisions of section 6AA, he shall be punishable with an imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years or with fine which may extend to 10 lakh rupees or with both.”
The proposed amendments would increase Industry revenues, boost job creation, fulfil important objectives of India’s National IP policy and will give relief against piracy and infringing content online.
Film industry has been demanding for a long time, that Government should consider Amendments to the law preventing camcording and piracy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an announcement at the inaugural function of the National Museum of Indian Cinema at Mumbai on 19th January 2019 to tackle the menace of camcording and piracy. The Ministry of I&B initiated this matter for consideration of Union Cabinet.