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Pira-cease: Centre approves amendment in Cinematograph Act for jail term over piracy

With the amendment to the Cinematograph Act, 1952, defaulters will now have to serve a three-year jail term or a ₹10 lakh fine or both for indulging into fim piracy

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On February 6, the Union Cabinet gave a nod to an amendment to the Cinematograph Act, 1952, to bring an end to film piracy and copyright infringement. Therefore, defaulters will now have to serve a three-year jail term or a ₹10 lakh fine or both.

Recently, Bollywood movies such as Thackeray, Manikarnika, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, etc. faced high financial losses due to being leaked online. Thus, Bollywood actors have complained about the issue to the Central Government.

If one, without authorisation, undertakes digital duplication of various creative works or by any other means of digital technology, one can be made to suffer three-year jail punishment and Rs 10 lakh fine," said Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

With the amendment to the 1952 Act, it is expected that the misdeed will be curbed and the accused will be brought to justice. 

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