The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the Cinematograph Act for imposing strict penalties to combat the menace of film piracy. In a move to tackle film piracy and copyright infringements, the union cabinet approved the amendments to the Cinematography Act 1952 with provisions to tackle film piracy and copyright infringement.
To check piracy, particularly the release of pirated versions of films on the internet which causes huge losses to the film industry and the exchequer, the government has proposed to make film piracy offenses punishable with imprisonment of up to three years and fines that may extend to Rs 10 lakh or both of them.
The proposed amendment states that any person, who without the written authorization of the copyright owner, uses any recording device to make or transmit a copy of a film, or attempts to do so, or abet the making or transmission of such a copy, will be liable for such a punishment.
The Cabinet approved Ministry of Information and Broadcasting's proposal for introducing the Cinematograph Amendment Bill, 2019, which aims to tackle films piracy by including the penal provisions for unauthorized camcording and duplication of films and to amend the Cinematography Act 1952.
The proposed amendments would increase industry revenues, boost job creation, fulfill important objectives of India's National Intellectual Property policy and will give relief against piracy and infringing content online, an official statement said.
The film industry has been demanding for a long time that the government should consider amendments to the law preventing camcording and piracy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an announcement at the inaugural function of the National Museum of Indian Cinema at Mumbai on January 19, 2019, to tackle the menace of camcording and piracy and the move was welcomed by filmmakers such as Madhur Bhandarkar and Siddharth Roy Kapur.