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Piracy should be made an economic offence, say experts

MUMBAI: A session called ‘Decoding the pirate economy in interconnected world: from noise to action’ on online copyright infringement was held at FICCI Frames on the first day of the three-day conference on the media and entertainment industry.

The panel, moderated by MPA India MD Uday Singh, was attended by Joint Secretary, DIPP, Brijesh Singh; Inspector General of Police (Cyber), Maharashtra Police Rajiv Aggarwal; Chairman, Anti Video Piracy Cell, Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce Raj Kumar Akella; SVP, legal, Star India Surender Mann; CEO, Strategic IP Information Bharat Dube; Viacom18 Group General Counsel Sujeet Jain; and CEO, Film and Television Producers Guild of India Kulmeet Makkar.

“The Indian film industry’s attitude about the seven-day window to make money at the box office should change and one should look at piracy as a threat in the longer run. Having said that, public and private partnership is needed to deal with intellectual property violations,” Said Brijesh Singh.

“The problem is also with the mindset as people do not see immorality or illegality in pirating movies,” said Aggarwal.

“The trinity of legislative, executive and judicial authorities need to fight piracy together. We need court orders to block websites completely to curb online piracy,” said Jain.

“Piracy should be made an economic offence. Search engines should take responsibility, and advertising on illegal websites should stop. We have coined the word ‘badvertising’ for advertisements on such websites,” said Dube.

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