Government working to protect film and music industry

Commerce and Industry Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has ensured that the government will protect intellectual property rights of film and : music industry as any kind of piracy is “absolutely unacceptable”.

Addressing participants of three-day national workshop on enforcement of intellectual property rights, the minister said the film and music industry representatives have been in a constant engagement with the ministry on IPR related issue.

Talking about the workshop, Sitharaman said through this exercise the ministry is trying to build awareness about protection of IPRs.

“We are ensuring that their call for protecting the rights of music and film will be fully attended to,” she said, adding the government would soon appoint chairman of intellectual property appellate board together with copyright board.

She said the government values the rights of IPR holders.

“We are going to bring in certain level of credibility and build awareness among people who are IP holders and institutions which should know where they have to intervene, so that rule of law play its role,” she added.

The minister informed that embassies too have a critical role to play so be special courts are being set up for speedy resolution of disputes.

The workshop acts as a platform for the officials to share their experiences, best practices and better inter- agency coordination.

The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), a professional body under the aegis of the DIPP is organised the event. The exercise was part of the implementation of the national IPR policy, released by the government last year.

The policy lays down seven objectives, including awareness, generation of IPRs and legal and legislative framework.