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Govt sets up panel to examine copyright issues

Last Updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 20:22

New Delhi: Facing opposition from certain
sections of film fraternity over the proposed amendment to
Copyright Act, the Government today set up a panel of experts,
including Bollywood star Aamir Khan, to examine the issue and
submit a report.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal set up a ten-member committee
comprising film actor Aamir Khan, producer Mukesh Bhatt,
lyricist Javed Akhtar, script writer Anjum, director Vishal
Bharadwaj among others.

The committee was formed today after a delegation of
film fraternity met Sibal in Mumbai and aired their concerns
over the proposed amendment to the Act which will mandate
users to pay royalty to the creator for use every time, a
senior HRD Ministry official said.

The representatives of the film fraternity were of the
view that the proposed amendments will affect certain
loss-making ventures which were using the material which have
already been available in the market.

But Sibal sought to allay their fears saying that
artistes are creators and have the right to be paid royalty
when their products are used.

The Cabinet has already approved a proposal to bring
an amendment to the Copyrights Act 1957. The government has
proposed to introduce the amendment bill in the ensuing
session of Parliament.

This committee will examine all aspects and submit its
report for the consideration of Parliament.


First Published: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 20:22

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