I&B Ministry working on legal provision to check camcording in theatres: Secy.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New Delhi, 13th December, 2018:
The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) is working on legal provision to check unauthorized camcording in theatres, a top official said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.
“With technology changing fast, some of the issues keep cropping up, one is about camcording in the theatres, the ministry is already working on it, that there should be some prohibition on camcording, legal provision should be there,” said Mr Amit Khare, secretary, I&B Ministry while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM International Summit on IPR and piracy issues in media and entertainment industry.
Mr Khare also informed that I&B Ministry was also working with Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on dealing with the issue of piracy that happens through the internet service providers.
“The issue is quite difficult. There we are working with the Ministry of IT, so that there could be a system, may be, if required a legislative change for blocking of the site,” he said.
He also informed that I&B Ministry was internationally working in tandem with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as India is now a major producer of content and with its serials gaining popularity in Latin American countries. “We are now going for a signal based approach so that our industry is protected even abroad.”
On the issue of regulation, he said that government’s focus is primary on self-regulation. “The industry in this country is now developed and matured. Given the diversity and the size of the industry, self-regulation like in case of private television, is the key on which we are banking.”
He also said that while the Copyright Law in India was both strong and progressive, the enforcement which is mainly through the police has been quite weak.
Mr Khare suggested having a system whereby industry bodies could come together and the Ministry could engage with the Police Commissioners or the authorities and bring the two together and provide actionable information.
“We should think in terms of technology, some amendments in the laws and thirdly we must bring enforcement into focus,” he said further.
Earlier, in his address at the ASSOCHAM Summit, Mr Matt Andrews, Counsel, Global Copyright Protection, Netflix said, “Piracy is a threat to content creators around the globe. Netflix collaborates with 30 other entertainment companies to fight this industry problem through ACE, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment.”
Mr Andrews also said that tackling the growing piracy problem in India is a priority and the summit was a great opportunity to collaborate with law enforcement, government, and local industry to find the right solutions to the same.
In his address, ASSOCHAM’s secretary general, Mr Uday Kumar Varma said that India’s Copyright Act is robust and strong enough to deal with the menace of piracy.
“It being a continuous process, this needs to be constantly addressed and the industry needs to flag issues that need to be incorporated in the process of legislation,” said Mr Varma.
Amid others who addressed the ASSOCHAM Summit included – Mr Frank D’Souza, Partner & Leader Entertainment & Media Sector, PwC India and Mr K.V. Rao, chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Entertainment and Media.

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