IT committee invites suggestions on Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2019

MUMBAI: The Standing Committee on Information Technology headed by Dr. Shashi Tharoor has invited suggestions from stakeholders on Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The Lok Sabha speaker has referred ‘The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019’, as introduced in Rajya Sabha to the Standing Committee on Information Technology for examination and report.

Considering the wider implications of the proposed Bill on the Film Industry across the country, the Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP has decided to invite memorandum containing views/suggestions from the public in general and Experts/Stakeholders/Organisations, in particular.

Those desirous of submitting written memoranda/suggestions to the Committee may send two copies thereof either in English or in Hindi to Director (C&IT), Lok Sabha Secretariat within 15 days from the date of publication of this advertisement.

The memoranda/suggestions submitted to the Committee would form part of the records of the Committee and would be treated as ‘confidential’ and enjoy privileges of the Committee.

Those who are desirous of appearing before the Committee, besides submitting written memoranda, are requested to specifically indicate so. However, the Committee’s decision in this regard shall be final.

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 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 the insertion of new Section 6AA for the prohibition of unauthorised recording.

The following section will 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:

“If any person contravenes the provisions of section 6AA, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years or with fine which may extend to 10 lakh rupees or with both.”

The ministry had earlier 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 the government should consider Amendments to the law preventing camcording and piracy.

You may be interested