Which are movie screening laws in India?


The Constitution of India guarantees every Indian citizen the right to exhibit films under Article 19(1)(a).The Cinematograph Act, 1952 (the Act), ensures that films fulfil the objectives prescribed by law. In the Act is a provision for the establishment of a Central Board of Film Certification (the Board).

This is the regulatory body in India that issues a certificate to the makers of films for public exhibition.you do not have the right to show the movie to “the public.” For the purposes of this Act, a work published in India shall be deemed to be first published in India, notwithstanding that it has been published simultaneously in some other country, unless such other country provides a shorter term of copyright for such workIn most cases, doing that requires a separate “public performance” license from the copyright owner.

To determine whether you need such a license, you must determine whether what you want to do would constitute a “public performance”, and, if so, whether there are any exceptions that would allow you to proceed legally without a license.The movie you wish to show is in the “public domain.”

(Determining whether a particular movie is in the public domain can be difficult, and even movies that are quite old can still be protected by copyright. The Public Domain Movie Database publishes a list of movies. iN case movie is in public domain in the US/UK, yes it can be screened in India with the provisions of Indian Copyright Act and US/UK Copyright act.

Reference: The Cinematograph Act, 1952 (the Act), Indian copyright act



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