Saturday, January 02, 2010

Copyright Controversy over film 3 Idiots and Chetan Bhagat's Novel "5 Point someone".


Author Chetan Bhagat in his blog post has accused makers of the film '3 Idiots', modelled after his best-selling debut novel 'Five Point Someone', of not giving him credit for the story. Bhagat was paid an amount of Rs 9.9 lakhs for rights of the film, according to a document posted on Chopra's website. As per Chetan film makers added a story credit right upfront, without his name, negating his contribution. He also accused the makers of '3 Idiots' of "copying an original story and claiming it to be different." Film"3 Idiots", which released on December 25, grossed over Rs 130 crore in 7 days and is on its way to becoming one of the biggest hits of last year.
Bhagat, who has written four books so far and is one of India's most successful authors, said he was hurt that the credit for the story of the film went to Hirani and co-writer Abhijat Joshi.
Bhagat, who sold the rights of his book to producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra" by a contract , giving the right to modify or change the story to the producers. The contract also clearly states that credit shall be given to him in the rolling credits of the film, which was duly done," director Rajkumar Hirani said.
Chopra apologised to the media later, but by then the issue had turned into a mini-storm, with television channels replaying footage of his outburst and social networking sites like Twitter abuzz with comments.
Source: http://in.reuters.com, 2nd January, 2010

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5,400 people were nabbed in China for online porn in 2009


Purification of the Internet" and fighting of online crime are closely tied to any country's stability. Pornographic content seriously pollutes the online environment, depraves social morals and poisons the physical and psychological health of the masses of young people.

China plays a very effective role by pervasive policing of cyberspace and attempts to block the Internet are among the world's most stringent. To strengthen the Internet policing Nearly 5,400 suspects caught last year (2009) by Chinese authorities in a crackdown on online pornography. Nearly 9,000 pornographic Web sites have been deleted from the Internet and 5,394 suspects captured in 2009, although it did not clear that how many of them were formally arrested or charged. Many foreign sites have been blocked by China's Internet authorities, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a host of other media and news Web sites. Main targets of its Web censorship are pornography, gambling and other sites deemed harmful to society. Critics, however, say that often acts as cover for detecting and blocking sensitive politicalcontent. Its restrictions of the Internet are often referred to as the "Great Firewall of China."

Efforts will be taken to focus on China-based operators of overseas-registered Web sites and companies that provide Internet services, or register domain names or rent virtual space to sites with pornographic content. The ministry also offered rewards to members of the public who provide useful information in policing efforts.

Source: http://blog.taragana.com



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