Government moots Optical Disc Law to counter video piracy

MUMBAI: Information & Broadcasting minister P.R. Dasmunsi has informed the Rajya Sabha that the government has received a proposal to enact an Optical Disc Law to counter piracy in the entertainment sector.

In a written reply to a question raised in upper house of parliament, the minister also informed that the government has made suggestions for restricting incidence of piracy in the film and music sector while considering the ongoing amendments to the Copyright Act.

According to Dasmunshi, the ministry, in consultation with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and other stakeholders, is examining the need for a separate legislation for this purpose.

Other measures initiated by the ministry include organising training programmes for police personnel on copyright issues in the film sector, National Film Development Corporation Ltd has been commissioned to produce an anti piracy campaign, a film against piracy has been made by Public Service Broadcast Trust on behalf of the Ministry and audio CDs were exempted from excise duty to do away the price advantage available to pirated CDs.

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