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THE DRAFT CINEMATOGRAPH (AMENDMENT) BILL 2021

THE DRAFT CINEMATOGRAPH (AMENDMENT) BILL 2021

Context:

The government has looked for public remarks on the draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021 which proposes to punish film robbery with a prison term and engage the Center to order re-certification of an already certified film in case of complaints.

The URL to post comments:

  • https://www.indiantelevision.com/controllers/ib-service/mib-looks for public-remarks on-the-draft-cinematograph-alteration bill-2021-210621
  • The public can send their comments by 2nd July.

The Draft:

  • The Ministry noticed that as of now, there are no enabling provisions to check film theft in the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
  • The draft proposes to add Section 6AA that will forbid unauthorised recording.
  • The proposed provision states, "notwithstanding any law for the time being in force, no person shall, without the written authorisation of the author, be permitted to use any audio-visual recording device in a place 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”.
  • Violation shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term “which shall not be less than 3 months but which may extend to 3 years and with a fine which shall not be less than Rs 3 lakh but which may extend to 5% of the audited gross production cost or with both”.

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