The HRD ministry should remove a proposed amendment of the Copyright Act allowing film directors to jointly own movies along with producers, the Parliamentary standing committee on HRD has said.
The Parliament panel’s recommendation to the Kapil Sibal led HRD ministry represents a boost to top production houses that have been lobbying against the proposed amendment in a tussle that started in 2005.
The Film and Television Producers Guild of India, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association, the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, the Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation and the Indian Broadcasting Foundation petitioned the committee against the amendment.
“The committee feels that the proposal of joint ownership is unfair. It therefore recommends that the proposal to include principal director as author of the film along with producer may be dropped,” the panel has said in its report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.
Though the panel’s recommendations are not binding on the government, HRD ministry sources said they are unlikely to ignore its views.