Amendment to copyright law opposed by film producers
New Delhi, June 15 (PTI) A move to amend a 53-year-old law to give independent rights to writers, lyricists and singers, thereby entitling them to royalty, today came in for strong opposition from some film producers.
Members of Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPA) today deposed before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD and opposed the proposed Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2010, saying it will affect their interest.
The bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha in April and has been referred to the Standing Committee headed by Oscar Fernandes.
The amendment seeks to bring the country’s copyright laws in line with international standards in Internet and digital technology and provide for stringent punishment up to two years imprisonment and fine for violation.
Eminent personalities like Mahesh Bhat, Mukesh Bhat, Yash Chopra and Ramesh Sippy gave their views before the Standing Committee today, sources said.