KERALA

Move to close down video libraries flayed

KOCHI, NOV. 29. The Kerala Video Library Association will organise a protest march to the Secretariat on December 7 against the move to close down video libraries in an effort to counter piracy.

Addressing a press conference here today, Prakash Inchathanam, general secretary of the Association, said that action against video libraries would only help in the proliferation of pirated videocassettes and CDs, as neither the Government nor the film organisations were trying to check the production of these unauthorised versions of films, Even though the Association was ready for a licence scheme, the Government had not sought the Association's opinion while formulating the present scheme. The Association would resist any effort to impose this licence, he said. During the raids conducted recently, the police had arrested many video shop owners for keeping copies of master CDs of films that have been released in cassettes and CDs, he said.

An extra-ordinary meeting of the Association was convened at Thripunithura, where it was decided to postpone the official release of Videomedia, the mouthpiece of the Association. The release was scheduled for December 5.

If the Government did not respond to the protest march, the Association would resort to steps like laying siege to cinema theatres as the next phase of protest, he said.

K.K. Sadanandan, president of the Association; Unni George, vice-president and V.P. Chandran, Ernakulam district general secretary, were also present for the press meet.

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