Specials

India must act strongly against piracy if cinema is to thrive: Dodd

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/13/Chris-Dodd.jpg?itok=mXw6kO7G

MUMBAI: Even though the Indian cinema is thriving and poised to become a $ five billion industry in the next two years, the government must act strongly against piracy if this growth has to be sustained.

Motion Picture Association of America CEO Chris Dodd said during his keynote address at Ficci Frames on the opening day that movies contributed about $ 640 million to the Indian economy annually. "India is the biggest movie ticket market in the world, with 3.3 billion tickets sold every year. India?s movie industry is in transition from being a $ 3.2 billion industry until two years ago, towards becoming a $ five billion industry in the next two years," he added.

But he regretted that India was among the top 10 markets when it comes to copyright infringement online. He called for joint efforts between the industries to end theft of content as it is a major threat.

Dodd quoted an Ernst & Young report which said the Indian movie industry loses around $ one billion due to content theft every year.

He said the notion that one cannot be pro technology and pro copyright at the same time is false. It is important to build relationships between content and technology. The Indian government must act to protect against online theft, he said, adding the government should pass anti-camcorder laws since camcorders are used in cinema halls to pirate films which are then made available on Indian streets within a few days of a film?s launch.

He noted that it was important to end piracy in India as money is lost not just by the faces seen on the screen but also by other people like truck drivers, dry cleaners etc. who contribute to the film industry by working in it. He mentioned Creative America which is a grassroots coalition in the United States aimed at protecting intellectual property and commercial interests of Hollywood.

He noted that in 2010, the Los Angeles India Film Council was formed to facilitate the exchange of ideas, talent and investment. This will lead to more activities, he said. The aim of the council is to also break down barriers in production and distribution. The Council will also look at harnessing the power of emerging technologies and bring artistes to collaborate on new ideas. "Film remains a key growth driver despite economic uncertainties," he said.

Hollywood will release around 36 films this year, he said, and the India market was a huge opportunity that the US motion picture industry is keen on tapping.

Stating that collaboration between the Indian and the US movie industries is expected to increase, Dodd said "barriers that prevent production and distribution of content must be brought down."

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/31/partners-forum-2018.jpg?itok=32stUU5O
India To Host Fourth Edition of Global Partners’ Forum 2018 in December

This year, India will play host to the largest-ever Partners' Forum on 12th and 13th December 2018 in New Delhi. PMNCH (The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health) will bring together 1,200 partners from over 100 countries dedicated to the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) movement and...

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/10/22/SEPCsangeeta.jpg?itok=jhtLTefb
SEPC pavilion makes waves at MIPCOM 2018

It was indeed a historic moment for India’s content creation, distribution and broadcast industry at this year’s MIPCOM which concluded at Cannes, France on 18 October 2018. More than 300 Indian delegates swarmed the French Riviera village – the largest delegation in the Reed Midem market-cum-...

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/08/06/avia.jpg?itok=njOnU16F
Casbaa becomes the Asia Video Industry Association

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of members today, Casbaa overwhelmingly approved the adoption of a new constitution and new name.

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/31/balle.jpg?itok=cQD_OGYf
Wizcraft’s 4th broadway styled bollywood musical stage show comes to kingdom of dream

After a glorious run in Mumbai with over 100 shows, Balle Balle - The Biggest and Craziest Indian Wedding Musical theatrical show, is all set to woo audiences in Delhi NCR.

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/06/asiasat.jpg?itok=31_HQ_RK
ConnecTechAsia Successful in Bridging the Digital Divide for Governments, Cities and Enterprises with Showcase of Latest Tech and Trends

ConnecTechAsia, the inaugural mega technology event comprising BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and the new NXTAsia wrapped up last week after an exciting three days of exhibitions and a summit covering the latest innovations in cloud, blockchain, AI, VR/AR, IoT, robotics, 5G, IP broadcasting, OTT and...

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/25/block.jpg?itok=746SRwdG
Lessons Learned With Bitcoin

Blockchain technology is one of the newest buzzwords in business. It is hardly surprising considering that the tech is having such an impact over so many different industries.

Specials Promonet feature
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/05/ril.jpg?itok=srJ0kbdQ
The company is collaborating with Lakme Fashion Week and designer Anita Dongre

World Environment Day - 2018 is going to be special as India is hosting global celebrations of the event today. To commemorate the occasion, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has launched a special T-shirt, branded ?The Earth Tee? and designed by renowned fashion designer Anita Dongre, under its unique...

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/04/11/promax_0.jpg?itok=mwaud0s2
Promaxbda India 2018 announces Puja Vohra and Glenn Urquhart as their masterclass speakers

PromaxBDA India has announced its first 2 Masterclass speakers for the 15th edition of its annual conference and awards property in India, which will take place on 23rd May 2018. Speaking at the Masterclass are truTV?s Puja Vohra and creative mastermind Glenn Urquhart.

Specials Event Coverage Occasions
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/03/19/goafest.jpg?itok=82nEDNeJ
ABBY Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The coveted ABBY Awards that recognizes and rewards excellence across Advertising, Marketing and Media has now announced that the shortlists for the 2018 edition have started being posted, by category.

Specials Event Coverage Occasions

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories