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March 2019


The Union Cabinet has approved the MIB's proposed amendments to the Cinematograph Act, to crack down on piracy using camcoders.

The film industry has been demanding for a long time that the government consider amendments to the law preventing camcording and piracy.

To check piracy, particularly the release of pirated versions of films on the internet which causes huge losses to the film industry and the exchequer.


The 'anti-camcording provision' (Section 6) was added: "Notwithstanding any law for the time being in force, no person shall without the written authorization of the author be permitted to use any audio-visual recording device to knowingly make or transmit or attempt to make or transmit or abet the making or transmission of a copy of a film or a part thereof."


Called the Cinematograph Amendment Bill, 2019, the bill has the following updates to the original 1952 Act:

If a person records, uses any recording device to copy, transmit or abets in transmission of a film, its audio, video or any content covered under Cinematograph Act, (while it is being exhibited) they shall be liable for punishment.

The punishment includes imprisonment of up to 3 years and fines of up to ₹ 10 lakh or both.

This applies to all the people who participate in the act of creating a copy or transmitting the content, without the written authorization from the copyright owner of the content.

Section 7 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 currently deals with who can watch and exhibit which films and penalties for violating terms and conditions related to exhibition of board-certified films. n