Regulators

Govt aiming to reduce 'copyright process' time, Star favours reforms to leverage animation & game tech

MUMBAI: The Indian Government's priority is to streamline the copyright process and decrease the turnaround time for applications on IPR to less than three months. 

Star India content studio president Gaurav Banerjee, participating in a discussion, emphasised the need for big-ticket reforms and sustained pace of policy change and control to leverage technological advancements in gaming, animation, design and other creative services.

Reiterating the need for a well-regulated copyright regime in India, the controller-general of patents, designs and trademark O.P. Gupta said, “DIPP recently assumed the responsibility of (enforcing / implementing)  the Copyright Law.  At present, it takes about 16 to 18 months to close an application or assess discrepancies. We aim at decreasing this pipeline to less than three months.” 

Gupta was speaking at ‘Copyright and the Creative Economy’ -- an interactive session in Mumbai organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI), in association with Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)."

The discussions focused on emerging trends and concerns relating to copyright, the capacity of the Indian creative sector to fuel the economic growth along with the role of regulator in rebuilding India’s creative strengths.

“While the law is in the right direction," Gupta said, "it is the mindset of the people that needs to evolve. To address this issue the DIPP is proactively taking steps to create awareness. To amicably change mindsets, we are rolling out programmes with school and college children.”

The size of the Indian creative economy is expected to reach USD 34.8 billion by 2021 (FICCI EY Report – Digital Inflexion Point: Indian Media and Entertainment, 2017). India's media and entertainment (M&E) industry is set to expand at a faster pace of 10.55 per cent CAGR, outshining the global average of 4.2 per cent CAGR, according to consulting firm PwC. In its annual sector forecast for 2017-2021, PwC said the Indian M&E sector will touch $45.1 billion by 2021, up from $27.3 billion at the end of 2016. 

This potential can however, can only be tapped if backed by a conducive regulatory framework which incentivises creativity.

In 2016, the National IPR Policy brought the administration of copyright under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, and highlighted the intrinsic linkages between commercialization, consumer choice and creativity. Most recently, the Copyright Act was amended by the Finance Act, 2017 to subsume the Copyright Board within the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), that also oversees aspects of trademark and patents.

Banerjee emphasised on the need for building a case for authorship. He said, “A platform like ours has the reach of over 700 million users, and the degree of engagement is for over three hours a day. However, what are we making of this opportunity? Rather than treating television and films as fleeting fancies of youngsters, we must create a stable and lucrative model that will enable ‘power of ideas’ and commercial success that is rewarding and sustainable.”  

FICCI deputy secretary-general Arun Chawla emphasised the need to strike a balance between the access to creative knowledge and entertainment along with rewards for copyright-holders. This need is recognised as a global challenge which has shaken the business models of pre-digital creative industries.

The Copyright issue poses different degrees of challenges for various sectors with Media and Entertainment (M&E). The industry which is recession proof, and enables over 7.5 million jobs directly and indirectly, is often seen from the narrow lenses of protection against piracy.

Necessitating an ecosystem approach towards the creative economy’s growth and regulation, wherein the distinctions between content and carriage are delineated and the intrinsic and positive relationship between them is understood by industry and government alike, is still debatable.

The internet has also emerged as a new area for the enforcement of copyright. Responses to digital piracy like rights information management and encryption have in turn raised several concerns with regards to privacy, cybersecurity and the freedom of speech and expression.

Also Read:

Copyright owners call for competitive pricing over TRAI regulation 

Kahaani 2 producer free to choose digital distributor, says CCI, K Sera Sera offers 'no comment'

Copyright case: Sun TV restrained from using Sony music recording

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/06/14/prakash.jpg?itok=e_il_R_C
MIB issues advisory to private TV channels to consider showing castings/credit/ titles in Indian languages

In a move to make TV serials more understandable for mass audience, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has advised all private satellite TV channels to consider displaying the castings or credits or titles of Hindi and regional language TV serials in the respective languages also.

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/06/08/inb-prakash.jpg?itok=luAOSV0k
I&B ministry institutes first Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS)

Acknowledging the positive role and responsibility of media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has instituted the first Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) to mark the contribution of media in spreading...

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/06/08/TDSAT.jpg?itok=QNacIc3V
TDSAT directs Independent TV to clear Antrix dues, warns of disconnection

In a major blow to direct to home (DTH) operator Independent TV, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has asked it to either pay its dues to Antrix Corporation or face disconnection, in a case that was filed by the former in early 2018.

Regulators TDSAT
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/06/06/pra.jpg?itok=mGq1nktf
The 'real' manifesto M&E industry wants new I&B minister to implement

Last week, the affable Prakash Javadekar was named as India's new Information and Broadcasting minister. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader occupying the hot seat at Shastri Bhawan is perhaps good news for India's media and entertainment industry. Apart from being a seasoned politician,...

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/06/03/TDSAT.jpg?itok=SBntE_3h
TDSAT's landing page ruling could trigger chaos in English news genre

The last week of May saw Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) set aside Telecom Regulatory Authority’s (TRAI) landing page directive in response to a plea filed by Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL), All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF), and MSO JPR Channel.

Regulators TDSAT
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/31/prakash.jpg?itok=rr1UyvxY
Prakash Javadekar appointed minister for Information and Broadcasting

The suspense over portfolios has finally ended and India's thriving media and entertainment sector can now breathe easy.

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/31/Rajyavardhan-Rathore.jpg?itok=61tZTo1y
New I&B minister expected as PM Modi drops Rajyavardhan Rathore

In a rather surprising move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi excluded Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore from his new council of ministers. The 49-year-old, who held charge of twin ministries – Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, was widely regarded as one of...

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/25/itv-inb.jpg?itok=Ib5o2BEM
MIB to meet stakeholders for uplinking, downlinking policy change

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) stated that it will hold a meeting with stakeholders on 6 June at 3 pm, to discuss the policy guidelines for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels from India that was last revised in 2011. According to the notice issued by MIB, the...

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/25/TRAI-Story.jpg?itok=Uo4QJkBr
TRAI directs 3 Punjab-based MSOs for flouting tariff order rules

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued directives to three distribution platform operators (DPOs) to comply with all provisions of its new tariff order. The regulator issued the notice to the DPOs after finding several violations.

Regulators TRAI

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories