Sunday, February 21, 2010

Grey areas in India’s Copyright Act!

In the capital, HRD minister Kapil Sibal who had hogged the limelight for proactively following a reform agenda for the Indian education system, did not want a controversy to erupt when the entire copyright issue was to be taken up during the current Budget session. While distancing himself from the row, Sibal made it clear that it was not a government-appointed panel but an unofficial expert group who understands the nuances of the copyright issues of film business better than anyone else. Yet, the minister made a sincere bid and turned successful in bringing back Aamir to the task. It was important to wrap up the long-standing issue that would ensure Bollywood’s creative brigade receiving a better share of the growing pie of film revenue.

For Mumbai’s film industry’s backroom boys, the issue was far more than just a dramatic news headline of an altercation between two well-known cine personalities followed by an upset Aamir sending his resignation. After all, any delay in finalising the proposed amendment of the Copyright Act would have meant a longer wait for them to get their due.

Why then did Aamir Khan who is known to stand by the creative force in film industry, get upset thereby jeopardising the entire process of redressal? As was reported in the media, problems cropped up on the issue of what should be the rights of lyricists after the amendment of the Act came into force. In his resignation letter from the 10-member panel, Aamir wrote that there was an attempt by certain people to attack him in public by printing lies, thus turning the attention away from core copyright issues.

Full report here Economic Times 

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