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    Concerned by the increasing content theft in India through camcording in cinema halls, as well as the growing levels of piracy, multiple committees are mulling specific provisions for anti-camcord regulations in the Indian Cinematograph Act 2010.
    A round table discussion was held on the issue by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry's Intellectual Property Rights (FICCI-IPR) division in association with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It was organised by Motion Picture District Association (MPDA-India).
    "We urge the government to include specific provisions for anti-camcord regulations in the draft Indian Cinematograph Act (2010), which will provide new law enforcement tools to combat this form of piracy," Uday Singh, managing director, MPDA (India), said in a statement.
    "Countries such as Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan are examples where anti-camcord legislation has significantly reduced the number of camcording incidents in cinemas," he added.
    Over 90 percent of pirated movies of newly-released titles are said to have originated from unauthorised recordings made in cinema theatres. These recordings often appear online within hours or days of a movie's release, triggering an avalanche of illegal downloads that can significantly impact a film's performance at the box office and throughout its distribution cycle.
    Veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt also raised his voice on the issue.
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