The Union Cabinet on 6th February 2019 approved amendments to the Cinematograph Act for imposing strict penalties to combat the menace of film 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 government has proposed to make film piracy offences punishable with imprisonment of up to three years and fines that may extend to Rs. 10 lakh or both.
Addressing the media, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "If one, without authorisation, undertakes digital duplication of various creative works or by any other means of digital technology, one can be made to suffer three-year jail punishment and Rs10 lakh fine."
According to the proposed amendment, any person, who without the written authorisation of the copyright owner, uses any recording device to make or transmit a copy of a film, or attempts to do so, or abet the making or transmission of such a copy, will be liable for such a punishment.
In India, a large section of the society is still not even aware of the fact that downloading movies and music from unauthorized sources are illegal and they could be in trouble for doing it.
It sure is a blessing as piracy is the biggest bane for the film industry. Thus, hopefully, this change will help the industry.