CINEMATOGRAPH (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2023
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Context: The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023 has been approved by the Union Cabinet.
- The Bill has not yet been made public in its full form; it will be introduced during the forthcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament.
2021 Draft Bill
- In 2021, a draft Bill that was circulating called for up to three years in prison and a fine of 10 lahks for anyone who engaged in movie piracy.
- It gave the government the authority to request a reexamination of previously approved films by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
- There are currently three classifications for films: U for unrestricted exhibition, U/A for films that can be watched by kids with an adult's supervision, and A for films that are only meant to be seen by adults.
- The U/A category was increased in the 2021 draft Bill to include U/A 7+, U/A 13+, and U/A 16+.
- Age categories must be used by streaming services with content descriptions.
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Cinematograph Act: https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/cinematography-act
Q. Movies are a popular form of entertainment and art that can influence the opinions, emotions and behaviours of the viewers. Therefore, it is important to regulate and certify movies according to their content, such as violence, nudity, language, drugs, etc. What are the benefits and challenges of regulating and certifying movies in a globalized and digitalized world?