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Kapil Sibal meets film fraternity on amendments to the Copyright Act


Mumbai : February 14, 2010


Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal met with Film directors, producers, lyricists and music composers in Mumbai to discuss issues related to amendments to the Copyright Act, 1957. Speaking to media after the meeting, Mr. Sibal said a committee consisting of members representing all stakeholders has been formed to resolve differences on the issue. The committee will hold its meeting on Feb 28, March 2 and 3, 2010 to arrive at a consensus. The committee includes lyricists Javed Akhtar and Prasoon Joshi, music directors Vishal Dadlani and Ram Sampat, Film makers Aamir Khan and Ramesh Sippy, script writers Anjum Rajabali and Saket Choudhary and music companies T-Series and Sa Re Ga Ma.


Mr.Sibal said, the prevailing situation in the film industry did not do justice to creative people like lyricists and music composers. He said the amendments would ensure that authors (lyricists and music composers) will not be able to assign intellectual rights to the film producer. He said this will also entitle lyricists and music composers to a part of the revenue stream from use of their creations for other purposes outside the film. The Union HRD minister said that the government was not interfering in the film business but just ensuring that copyrights remain with the creator. Mr.Sibal said that the film industry has been suffering because of the poor scripts. He said the government wanted the Indian Film Industry to be the best in the world and thus wanted to increase creative element and incentivize creativity. Mr Sibal also said that the changes in the Act would be in accordance with the TRIPS Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights. He assured the film industry that they could come to him for any help on other issues.


The Union HRD Minister said that the Copyright (Amendment) Bill will be introduced in the Budget Session of the parliament. The bill would then be referred to a Standing Committee of Parliament, which would hold public hearing and make suggestions. The HRD Ministry would examine the suggestions and take it to the Cabinet for approval before finally introducing the bill in Parliament.
 

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