In a major move that will help curb piracy in the film industry, the Punjab Government will be giving its nod to the Anti Piracy Bill in September 2006.
The decision was conveyed to filmmaker Yash Chopra by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh post a meeting between the two.
Chopra said, “At Yash Raj films, we regard piracy as a cancer that is afflicting the whole industry. The Indian film industry loses a whopping Rs 17 billion annually due to piracy. If not checked right away, it will cause the eventual destruction of this great industry that provides livelihood to thousands of people. For a creative person there can be no greater tragedy than seeing his labour of love debased in poor quality reproductions where hardly 10 per cent of the creative thought comes across in the manner it was intended.”
Chopra has been at the forefront of the anti-piracy movement in the industry. The Tamil Nadu Government had passed a similar Bill in 2004, and since then Chopra has been in talks with the Punjab Chief Minister to get the state to pass the Anti Piracy Bill.
Thanking the Punjab Government, Chopra said, “I would request other state governments to lend their support to the anti-piracy movement. At Yash Raj Films, we are always on the alert to the threat of piracy, but only with support from state and national governments can we bring about the change that is so sorely required.”