A first-ever exclusive cell to tackle piracy and theft of intellectual property- Telangana Intellectual Property Crime Unit(TIPCU) was launched here on Friday. The cell will function with a dedicated team from within the cyber crime wing of the Crime Investigation Department (CID).
The special wing was launched by US Ambassador to India Richard Verma and IT minister KT Rama Rao in the presence of D Suresh Babu, president, Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce, Uday Singh, managing director Motion Picture Association and Abhishek Chaubey, director of 'Udta Punjab'.
Verma said US can help India build an IPR environment, by working together closely, to deter theft of IP. “The threat from piracy has been affecting livelihood of thousands. If we do not protect the art forms, culture and creativity, how can they produce great works,” he asked. He stressed on the need for a patent copyright and trademark protection for innovators' needs without the complications of red tape.
Speaking on the occasion, Rama Rao said film industry was losing nearly `1,000 cr to piracy every year. He said the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy of the state was inspired from the UK. “We are the first in the country to implement such a concept. There is a lot of information online that are uncalled for and we hope to crackdown on child pornographic sites as well,” he said.
Uday Singh speaking on the occasion said that in the place of 3,000 movie theatres earlier, there exists only 700. Instead of growing in numbers, it has plummeted, he pointed out.
Abhishek Chaubey said West has taken stern measures to prevent piracy and wished the same to come up in India