India is committed to support a copyright regime that promotes creativity and to take effective steps to combat piracy of films and music. The recently amended Indian Copyright Act is progressive, enhances equity and will provide impetus to creativity. This was reiterated by Shri Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting while addressing a seminar as part the inaugural session of a festival of Indian films to commemorate the centenary of Indian cinema at WIPO, Geneva on Monday, the 3rd Dec, 2012. Shri Varma disclosed that the ministry has launched a special scheme to create awareness about copyright and piracy of films and the need to combat it. He said that multi-media campaigns will be launched as part of the scheme and the ministry would collaborate with leading industry chambers and NGOs to promote awareness on the subject. He also said the government has initiated a number of steps like the National Film Heritage Mission, Film Commission and a National Center for Animation, Gaming and VFX as part of Centenary initiative to promote cinema. He further added that a Museum of Indian Cinema is being set up in Mumbai to commemorate hundred years of Indian Cinema.
The special festival to mark the hundred years of Indian cinema is being hosted by World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a United Nations agency with the collaboration of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and India’s Permanent Mission in Geneva. This is for the first time that a festival of Indian films is being hosted at the premises of a UN agency which will give an excellent opportunity to showcase Indian cinema to the diplomatic corps of the world.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) said that Indian cinema is one of the fast growing industries and has influenced the development of the global film industry. He said that respect for copyrights is central to encourage creativity in films and in the growth of the industry.
Mr Anurag Basu, renowned film director observed that Indian cinema has grown strong during 100 years of its existence and has not only survived in the global arena but is gaining more audience worldwide due to its distinct style and variety. He stressed upon raising awareness about piracy of films and take effective steps to combat it.
The festival is part of the international events planned by the ministry of Information and Broadcasting commemorating centenary of Indian cinema with an aim to showcase landmark Indian films and promote Indian cinema abroad. The earlier festivals have been organised at Dhaka (Bangladesh) in September, 2012, Bangkok (Thailand) in October and Warsaw (Poland) in Nov, 2012.