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Create, Copy, DisruptIndia's Intellectual Property Dilemmas$
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Prashant Reddy T. and Sumathi Chandrashekaran

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470662.001.0001

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The Moving Picture

The Moving Picture

(p.153) 6 The Moving Picture
Create, Copy, Disrupt

Prashant Reddy T.

Sumathi Chandrashekaran

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains how India’s movie industry dealt with the evolution of copyright law and vice-versa. Intellectual property issues in Indian cinema are nearly as old as the industry itself, focusing mainly on copyright. The 1928 Cinematograph Committee headed by Diwan Bahadur T. Rangachariar referred to problems of ‘piracy’ in films in the country. But the first major decision in copyright in cinema came only in 1978, in a case where the Supreme Court laid down the tests and principles to determine the infringement of a copyright, setting precedents that impact the industry even today. Since then, the film industry has been tested by a range of questions in intellectual property, compelling courts to devise newer principles to tackle newer generations of filmmakers. In this chapter, we chronicle the rich history of litigation, first within the Indian industry and then the litigation between foreigners and Indian cinema.

Keywords:   Movies, Copyright Act, R.G. Anand, Delux Films, script, plot, Doordarshan, Hollywood, Bollywood, Bappi Lahiri

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