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I&B Ministry

working on legal provision : Secy

Thesynergyonline Entertainment Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 13: The Union Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting (I&B) is working on
legal provision to check unauthorized camcording
in theatres, a top official said at an ASSOCHAM event
held in New Delhi today.

"With technology changing fast, some of the issues keep cropping up, one is about camcording in the theatres, the ministry is already working on it, that there should be some prohibition on camcording, legal provision should be there," said Mr Amit Khare, secretary, I&B Ministry while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM International Summit on IPR and piracy issues in media and entertainment industry.

Mr Khare also informed that I&B Ministry was also working with Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on dealing with the issue of piracy that happens through the internet service providers.

"The issue is quite difficult. There we are working with the Ministry of IT, so that there could be a system, may be, if required a legislative

He also informed that I&B Ministry was internationally working in tandem with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as India is now a major producer of content and with its serials gaining popularity in Latin American countries. "We are now going for a signal based approach so that our industry is protected even abroad."

On the issue of regulation, he said that government's focus is primary on self-regulation. "The industry in this country is now developed and matured. Given the diversity and the size of the industry, self-regulation like in case of private television, is the key on which we are banking."

He also said that while the Copyright Law in India was both strong and progressive, the enforcement which is mainly through the police has been quite weak.