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Govt planning to formulate law to curb piracy

The government is planning to enact an Optical Disc Law to curb the growing menace of piracy, Minister for Information and Broadcasting S Jaipal Reddy said.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2004 10:22 PM IST

The government is planning to enact an Optical Disc Law to curb the growing menace of piracy, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting S Jaipal Reddy said here today.

Inaugurating the 35th International Film Festival of India at Kala Academy here, he said piracy had been a deadly menace globally as well as for the Indian film industry and assured that the government would take into confidence all stakeholders, including members of the key advisory group, while framing specific provisions of the law.

"We hope this will be a right step in an area that is crying out for immediate attention", Reddy said.

Promising that IFFI `04 would be a `cerebral and visual treat for film connoiseurs and lovers of art', he said cinema in India had `quietly modernised the mindset of a modern Indian' and accomplished many a social revolution without firing a bullet'.

"With about 800 films being made each year in India, it is estimated that 10 lakh people directly and 40 lakh people indrectly get employment this sector. Much has been done by the government to strengthen this sector but more needs to be done," he added.

Lauding the choice of Goa as a permanent venue for the festival, thespian Dilip Kumar, who was the chief guest, said "Goa had snatched away the golden prize".

"There was a race in trying to snatch the event because the film festival is not merely a film festival but a global festival and everyone is aware of the advantages that such an event adds to the place", he added.

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