Film industry oppose Copyright amendment Bill

Chennai: Opposing the proposed Copyright Amendment Bill 2010, that mandates producers to share 50 per cent music royalty with lyricists and composers, film industry will strike work on January 6 and stage a dharna at Delhi against the move.

Representatives of various cinema bodies said that the `draconian` law will affect the industry. "This is an anti-entertainment government. The producers were not even consulted by the government," Bollywood producer Mukesh Bhatt told reporters here.

If the Centre did not budge after the January 6 agitation, which would be an `eye-opener` to the government, the industry bodies would decide on further course of action, he said.

There would be no show at theatres on January six and industry professionals including actors, directors, producers and others will participate in the strike and demonstration at
Delhi, Bhatt added.

Producer Boney Kapoor said that the proposal was `one-sided` and said that all the film industries in the country were supporting the producers as "it would affect everybody".

L Suresh, president, Film Federation of India, said if the proposal took effect, it would affect the selling of films to distributors and exhibitors.

Tamil Film Producers president Rama Narayanan said they would mull indefinite strike if the impasse continued even after the January six agitation.

Repeated representations had been made to the government but with no avail, he said.

The producers said that the government was working at the `behest of some vested interests` in this matter.

A Parliamentary Standing committee in its recommendations on the bill, tabled in Parliament last month, has said that producers should give authors, lyricists and composers 50 per cent royalty for a film.