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Film Federation of India sends feature film 'The Good Road' to the Oscars
An eminent jury of 16 members, constituted by Film Federation of India comprising an eclectic mix of film professionals representing various regions and languages under the Chairmanship of eminent filmmaker Goutam Ghose selected The Good Road (Gujarati) to represent India at the Academy Awards in the 'Best Foreign Lanquage Film' category.

The jury saw a wide range of films that had entered from many Indian languages before deliberating long and hard to reach a decision by consensus.

Issued by Film Federation of India
Anindya Dasgupta
Deputy Secretary

Opening Statement by International Federation of Film Producers
Associations [FIAPF]
Delivered by Supran Sen, Executive Committee member, FIAPF

Mr President, I would like to thank you on behalf of the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations, FIAPF, for the opportunity to make our views known and to offer our wholehearted support to all Member States as you begin the process of finalising this important text. FIAPF extends its warmest congratulations to you for your election as well as to your vice-chairs and all those serving in similar capacities in the other committees of this Conference. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the Government of Morocco for hosting this Diplomatic Conference and for its proactive engagement with the important issue under consideration here.

Mr President, FIAPF has faith in this process; we believe that – with good will, common sense and a commitment to a balanced outcome – the proposed INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENT/TREATY ON LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS and PERSONS WITH PRINT DISABILITIES, can be negotiated to a successful conclusion. FIAPF’s reasons for taking an interest in this Treaty are two-fold: first of all, because social, educational and cultural equity for those with visual and print impairments should always concern us all as citizens committed to social and cultural inclusion; secondly because we believe any new addition to the edifice of international copyright norms needs to be consistent with the existent corpus of Instruments and Treaties. In this latter regard, FIAPF has some concerns which we would briefly like to share with you:

First: The aims of social and educational inclusion that underlie this important Instrument will best be served through enabling active cooperation between publishers and relevant civil society organisations.  Working from this first principle will ensure the greatest benefits for visually impaired persons without undermining publishing as a creative industry whose assets need to be protected;
Second: We urge Member States to make a full commitment to the three step test as the indispensable balancing legal principle in relation to the exceptions which will be introduced in this TREATY, the first to introduce, in particular, a new exception for the cross-border circulation of special format digital files. Over time, the three step test has proven its flexibility and its fitness for purpose in the digital age. It is essential not only that the test be explicitly laid out in the body of this Treaty but that the so-called “Berne/TRIPS/WCT gap” be addressed in a satisfactory manner, so that all signatories will be legally bound to apply it to the exceptions as specifically defined in this Instrument;
Third: We urge Member States to maintain the focus on the core objectives of this Instrument as it pertains to the needs of people with visual and print impairments. For the Treaty to work to its intended purpose, it is important not to try and resolve issues that are extraneous to its core objective or to import legal constructs that pertain to specific national legal traditions. FIAPF believes in particular that  importing the Fair Use or Fair Dealing doctrines into this TREATY would only add a layer of complexity and ambiguity, instead of fostering the legal security that is so important to this being a well-functioning norm which can truly help enhance the welfare of disabled people;
Fourth: dispositions concerning technological protection measures as they relate to the exceptions in this Treaty should not be of a lesser standard than that which is to be found in the existing copyright treaties and conventions, including the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, which was successfully negotiated in June last year;

Mr President, I wish to thank you and the representatives of all Member States for your attention. We look forward to supporting a constructive discussion towards the successful conclusion of an effective and balanced international Treaty, consistent with the existing body of international copyright law and which will truly make a difference to the social and cultural lives of millions of people.

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