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Safeguarding legal and intellectual property rights of writers is underscored at 5th Indian Screenwriters Conference


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Aamir Khan at the 5th Indian Screenwriters Conference in Mumbai

At the 5th Indian Screenwriters Conference , held in Mumbai from August 1 to August 3, veteran screenwriter Anjum Rajabali, joined by Aamir Khan, Amit Masurkar (Newton’s director) and Delhi Belly’s Verma on stage, and scores of writers in the audience, prevailed upon Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of the Film and Television Producers’ Guild of India, to work with the Screenwriters Association on basic guidelines to safeguard legal and intellectual property rights of writers.

Kapur agreed to get the powerful grid to favourably consider the demands, which is being seen as a major stride forward. A small clause in a contract document will mean a big leap in the quality of films Hindi cinema produces, even though it will be a few years before the real impact of this will trickle down.

While web-series have opened up space for more independent content, but in terms of mass impact, they are still not a patch on the 70-mm or prime time general entertainment channels (GEC).  Read more