Egypt Independent

Culture Minister discusses protecting films from piracy



Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour held a meeting with members of the film industry chamber to discuss the challenges of Egyptian cinema and suggestions to solve them.

Solutions included transferring assets of Egyptian cinema from the Holding Company for Cinema and the Ministry of Investment to the Ministry of Culture in accordance with what has been agreed upon in a meeting between filmmakers and Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb.

Attendees discussed the problem of piracy of Egyptian films by some satellite channels and creating a registration office to document movies affiliated with the film industry chamber. They also recommended the return of the films' intellectual property certificates.

The attendees also discussed archiving copies of films in the film industry chamber through modern technology after the formation of a technical committee to choose the type and style of archiving in a way that facilitates access to the movies.

At the end of the meeting, Asfour issued a number of ministerial decisions necessary to protect the creativity against piracy, as well as the representation of the film industry chamber in all areas of study concerned with the development of cinema industry and carried out by the Ministry of Culture.
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm