On 4-8-2023, the Ministry of Law and Justice notified the Cinematograph (Amendment) Act, 2023 to amend the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
The definition of “UA Marker” has been inserted which is an age-based indicator for a film which has received or is intended to receive a ‘‘UA'' certificate under section 4 and such indicator may be “UA 7+” or “UA 13+” or “UA 16+”.
Section 6 AA has been inserted relating to the Prohibition of unauthorized recording restricting anyone and everyone from using any audio- visual recording device in a place which is licensed to exhibit films to avoid infringement.
Section 6 AB has been inserted prohibiting the use of or abet the use of infringing copy of any film to exhibit to public for profit.
In case of contravention, that person will be punished with imprisonment for at least 3 months but not more than 3 years. The person will be liable to pay a fine which is not less than 3 lakhs and can extend upto 5%.
Note: Here, “audio-visual recording device” means a digital or analogue photographic or video camera, or any other technology or device capable of enabling the recording or transmission of a copyrighted cinematographic film or any part thereof, regardless of whether audio-visual recording is the sole or primary purpose of the device.