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India’s parliament passes new anti-piracy bill

by Divya A, Indian Express — 1 August 2023

The amended Cinematograph Bill imposes harsher penalties aimed at curbing film piracy.

The new law would make piracy a criminal violation punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 5% of the film’s production cost on anyone found guilty of illegally recording films in theatres or unauthorised copying and sharing of pirated content online.

The government has estimated that the film industry has lost close to $2.4 billion as a result of piracy.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said, “In the next three years, our film industry will grow to $100 billion, providing employment to lakhs (thousands) of people. Keeping the needs of the changing time, we have brought this Bill to fight piracy… These amendments will comprehensively curb the menace of ‘piracy’ which is causing losses to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore (US$2.5 billion) to the film industry,” he added.

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