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Country's Committee on Piracy makes several recommendations "in an effort to make piracy substantially risky and financially unattractive," including making DVDs more affordable, theater licensing conditional on efforts to halt illegal camcording, and forcing ISPs to implement a "stage strike model" against "errant subscribers."

India is the latest country to consider disconnecting people from the Internet a viable option in the war against online piracy, joining the likes of South Korea, New Zealand, France, and the UK (temporary suspension).

According to a report submitted to India's Minister for Information & Broadcasting by Shri Uday Kumar Varma, Special Secretary and Chairperson of the Committee on Piracy, several key recommendations have been made with the view that piracy is a problem of supply and demand. The report focuses on "mainstreaming instruments of policy and practice in an effort to make piracy substantially risky and financially unattractive."

Among the recommendations:

  1. Movie theaters must be held responsible for preventing illegal camcording, and their license to operate will be conditional on how well they perform this task.
  2. DVDs in bigger cities should be released simultaneously with theatrical release in order to make piracy "unviable."
  3. ISPs should be "roped in to check Internet piracy by asking them to initiate action against errant subscribers. In this regard, the Committee recommends that the three stage strike model may be adopted."
  4. Legislation that allows for "preventive detention of video & audio pirate," with the former even being defined as "Goondas" (gangsters) for prosecution under the Goonda Act.
  5. Reduction in the price of legal DVDs "in order to make filmed entertainment accessible to the people at a price that they can afford."
  6. Efforts of the police, judicial and administrative officials must be "substantially up-scaled along-with training and capacity building."

Being home to nearly 1.2 billion people disconnecting even a minor percentage of the population is tantamount to large-scale disenfranchisement. A mere 1% of the population, for example, is some 11.4 million people.

The best way to fight piracy, as some software developers have finally figured out, is to change prices on a regional level to better match local economic realities.

Last year Brazil and Pakistan criticized the US for not realizing that each country has a different economic reality and that pricing should be adjusted accordingly.

Quite clearly, business models are not adequately addressing the pricing-cost issues involved in selling products, said Ali Asad Gilani, first secretary of Pakistans delegation, at a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization last November. Unreasonably, higher costs along with barriers to access, do provide some justification to the consumers to use counterfeit and pirated goods.

Exactly. Disconnecting millions of people from the Internet is hardly an appropriate solution.

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Some of the points are good like cheap DVD and DVD releasing on the date of release in theaters. But three strikes is not right at all, well even if it wont be effective and would take years to pass, it will ultimately kill the internet here in India. Growing country trying to better in tech and being put restrictions on, go to hell.

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well glad atleast they yginking about it but dont worry it ll take years impliment that strategy :lol:

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remember over a billion peope in india. so no lay is ging to work.

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in India there is stupid Fu**ked up and corrupted Govt. responsible for all of the sh*t :angry:

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India is the latest country to consider disconnecting people from the Internet a viable option in the war against online piracy, joining the likes of South Korea, New Zealand, France, and the UK (temporary suspension).

This is not going to happen - for every illegality in India, a direct percentage goes to the Ministry. Even the powerful Bollywood lobby has never been able to contain piracy and camcorders continue to rule.

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bullshit here goes again those politicians f**k heads all are corrupted and money can do anything in india so welcome to the party as well better to prepare every torrent downloaders in india to welcome the party.

ps:remember in parliament within 1 or 2 days they will declare as law when those f**k heads got big amount paid by media company or even USA says or compels then it will in hand of cyber police with in hours so lets see what happens. :(

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