Government introduces bill in Rajya Sabha to amend Cinematograph Act

• The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2019 has been introduced in Rajya Sabha. The bill seeks to amend provisions of Cinematograph Act, 1952 in order to tackle film piracy by including penal provisions for unauthorized camcording and duplication of films.

• The draft amendment has proposed the inclusion of penalties for film piracy. This includes imprisonment of three years or fine up to Rs 10 lakh or both.

• The union cabinet had last week approved the introduction of the Cinematograph Amendment Bill, 2019 in the parliament.

Key highlights of the bill

• The bill aims to tackle Films piracy by including the penal provisions for unauthorised camcording and duplication of films.
• In order to tackle the menace of film piracy, the Amendments provide for insertion of new Section 6AA for the prohibition of unauthorised recording.

• The following section shall be inserted after Section 6A of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

• 6AA: “Notwithstanding any law for the time being in force, no person shall without the written authorisation of the author be permitted to use any audiovisual 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.”

• Amendment in Section 7 to introduce Penal Provisions for violating provisions of section 6AA: In section 7 of the principal Act, after subsection 1 the following subsection (1A) shall be inserted:

• The ministry said that the proposed amendments would 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.

• The film industry has been demanding for a long time, that Government should consider Amendments to the law preventing camcording and piracy.


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies & interventions for development in various sectors & issues arising out of their design & implementation

Prelims level: Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Mains level: Governance of broadcasts and creative industries in India

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