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Film chamber demands tough action to curb video piracy

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DEMANDING an end to video piracy and suitable changes in the enforcement approach, the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce has threatened to submit a list of politicians involved in video and cable piracy which was sapping the strength of the industry.

Alleging a nexus between some politicians and those engaged in video piracy and its trade, several producers demanded a crackdown on the ongoing menace in the film industry.

At a press conference here on Sunday, film producers — Mr D. Suresh, Mr Allu Arvind, and Mr K.L.Narayana, said that these illegal videos were being distributed through several channels and a majority of the cable operators were supporting them and those violating copyrights were backed by politicians.

Calling upon the Government to crack down on those involved in the piracy, they wanted amendments to the existing laws and strict implementation of the Copyright Act in the State.

The Telugu film industry was losing about Rs 350 crore annually due to this parallel thriving piracy business which was going unchecked with well-supported network, they said.

The film chamber was in the process of creating some rapid action teams which would comprise exhibitors, distributors, representatives of production houses, video companies and operate at the grassroots level to crack down on offenders by extending support to the enforcing agencies.

Further, to combat the menace of video and cable piracy and to ensure the healthy survival of the Telugu film industry, the film chamber has created a copyright cell which plans to coordinate and work in tandem with the enforcement agencies, they announced.

While ensuring a coordinated effort to crack down on those engaged in the illegal trade, they urged producers and exhibitors to be extra vigilant. The chamber was in the process of setting up a toll-free complaint centre to coordinate the crackdown.

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