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Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has taken the following major steps to fight piracy in the film sector:

Under a Plan Scheme of this Ministry, action is under way to formulate appropriate training modules for police officers to train them for anti-piracy measures. A Training Manual will be circulated among State Government for training of police officials.
This Ministry in consultation with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and other stakeholders, is examining the need to enact an Optical Disc Law to counter piracy in the entertainment sector. FICCI has set up a Working Group on Optical Disc Law, which has submitted a draft law in this regard.
In addition to this, the Ministry is planning to examine the efficacy of digital cinema exhibition, in matters relating to Piracy and issues related to the exhibition sector. Due to encrypted signals and delivery through satellite to the server directly, digital cinema exhibition may help address these issues. In pursuance of the decision taken by the Hon’ble Minister of Information and Broadcasting during the meeting with FilmIndustry representatives recently, a Core Group on Piracy, in the Exhibition Sector including Multiplex and Issues of Certification, had been set up under the Chairpersonship of Smt. Shabana Azmi. The recommendations of this Core Group are under examination in the Ministry for preparing the basis for the future course of action considered necessary to combat the menace of piracy in the Film and Music Sector. Piracy of films and music is one of the important issues related to the entertainment sector and by addressing the issue meaningfully; this Ministry seeks to enhance the potential of this sector.
Actions proposed for State Governments to combat piracy are as follows:
Creation of a Nodal Officer in each state for enforcement of provisions of Copyright Act.
Creation of Special Cell/Wing under the state police for the enforcement of Copyright.
State Government(s) may suggest use of any other legislation to tackle piracy
An aspect of the IPR regime is the denial of legitimate use of content for broadcasting purposes even after the content has been published/reproduced or performed in public. The present Copyright law provides for compulsory licensing for only of complainant while the problem is being faced by most of the broadcasters. The Ministry therefore, proposes to provide for compulsory licensing for more than one complainant.

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