Monday, May 25, 2009

Goonda Act to be invoked for film piracy

Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) president Jayamala and her team met home minister V S Acharya recently and renewed their request to bring piracy under the Goonda Act. After meeting them, Acharya said: "We'll bring an amendment and bring piracy under the Goonda Act very soon.'' The amendment is likely to be introduced in the next session of the legislature.
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Excerpts from Film Piracy, Organized Crime, and Terrorism..."Moreover, three of the documented cases provide clear evidence that terrorist groups have used the proceeds of film piracy to finance their activities. While caution must be exercised in drawing broad conclusions from limited evidence, further investigation is a timely imperative. These cases, combined with established evidence for the broader category of counterfeiting-terrorism connections, are highly suggestive that intellectual-property theft — a low-risk, high-profit enterprise — is attractive not only to organized crime, but also to terrorists, particularly opportunistic members of local terrorist cells."

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