The new policy is really knowledgeable via conservative pro-Intellectual Property (IP) ideology; yes, we are speak me about the Tamil Nadu Government’s recent improvement on re-designating Video Piracy Cell as “Intellectual Property (IP) Right Enforcement Cell”. It is a first of its kind coverage for the State of Tamil Nadu, where the policy covers all varieties of Intellectual Property (IP) and that too in a single framework. Though it was once lengthy overdue, it’s a big step closer to curbing piracy, in particular for the Tamil film industry.
As assured by means of the Central Government earlier, this policy is pro-protecting the rights of music and movie industry. The said coverage follows a completely new set of concepts that are tilted in favor of IP proprietors and possessors in each possible way. The concepts laid down in the policy incentivize the IP owners by means of granting them monopoly rights over their IP. The said policy rewards a massive investment by way of paying attention to the stability to be hooked up vis-à-vis public pastime and development.
As mentioned, the coverage has positioned all the IP rights under one roof and the stated coverage consists of Copyright, Tamil Nadu Exhibition of Films on Television Screen through Video, Cassette Recorders and Cable Television Network (Regulation), Cable Television Networks (Regulation), Cinematograph Rights, Trade Marks, Designs, Patents, Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection), Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights, Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout Design and Biological Diversity. The policy similarly states that “If any felony opinion is required for enforcement of above-mentioned acts that may additionally be sent to the Superintendent of Police, Intellectual Property Right Enforcement Cell (IPREC), who in turn will get a criminal opinion from the legal consultant and send it to the unit”. The policy portrays that the Government is attempting to take steps in the direction of infringers by means of abolishing piracy in State and this Policy can be successfully carried out. Though the policy looks to be leaning toward the movie enterprise it does have a honest share of other areas of IP law taken care of. In my opinion this coverage is a kind of breather for the Tamil film industry which is in a beleaguered state. The Tamil movie industry which offers entertainment, employment, and livelihood to millions of people in the course of the world is already going via turmoil due to GST and additional taxes (by the State Government) and the film piracy worsens the situation even more.
Online websites such as tamilgun, yts.ag, piratebay etc., have now not only broken the movie enterprise but also the Central and State Governments are dropping income of about 1200 Crores of Rupees per annum. The Tamil film industry which is producing about 150 movies in a year is dropping crores of rupees due to the rampant video piracy. The Government also wishes to apprehend that the public is leaning more closer to piracy due to the fact of easy get entry to and the availability of movies at less costly prices or every now and then free of cost. The Government need to additionally speak with the public by conducting quite a number workshops to create awareness about the ramifications of their actions which would additionally be another high-quality way to curb such piracy. Perhaps there are different wonderful ways? Do let us comprehend if you suppose of some.
-Written by : Editorial team