Film industry welcomes ordinance on video piracy in Maharashtra

The film industry has welcomed the state government's decision to impose Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act against film pirates.

"We applaud the passage of this deterrent legislation that places piracy offenses under the Maharashtra state organized crime statute," Rajiv Dalal, Managing Director of Motion Picture District Association (India) said.

"Over the past several months, the release of the RAND report on 'Film Piracy, Organized Crime, and Terrorism' has established strong links between film piracy and organized crime/terrorist funding in India."

"This legislation is indeed timely, and will significantly curb piracy and funding to organized criminal and terrorist syndicates in one of the most important global film markets," he said.

Dalal said the Goonda Act in Maharashtra now includes piracy offenses. Further, there will be an anti-piracy cell being created within the state government of Maharashtra to oversee enforcement related to the Act.

Sushma Shiromanee, Vice-President of Indian Motion Pictures and Producers Association (IMPPA) said the decision of the state government for imposition of Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Act (MPDA) against film pirates which was a long pending demand of Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) for which action was initiated by IMPPA.

Sushma Shiromanee, Vice-President of Indian Motion Pictures and Producers Association (IMPPA) said, "Because of the new anti-piracy ordinance, all our producer-members can now enjoy fruits of their hard work."

IMPPA also thanked the President of India, Pratibha Patil for her active interest in the affairs of film industry and sending immediate directive to the Maharashtra government after patiently hearing delegation of IMPPA, Film Federation of India for action on piracy and imposition of MPDA.

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