Kathmandu. The Film Development Board is going to set up a cinema cyber security desk with a hotline number to prevent film piracy on social media.
In a function organized in the board on Tuesday, Chairman Bhuvan KC said that steps have been taken to curb this challenge as film piracy on platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Tik Tok has caused huge financial loss to the producers.
“As easy as social media has made it for creators to reach audiences, it has created new challenges in terms of cyber security, and it has harmed our industry,” Casey said.
Stating that the privacy and security of artists have also come under cyber attack, President KC has adopted a policy of setting up a dedicated desk to deal with these challenges. Giving information about the commencement of system development work for the desk, a plan to move the board towards cyber security as well as digital technology was presented in the program.
Chairman KC said that cooperation with police, manufacturers’ associations, social network platforms and relevant agencies will be done to reduce cyber risks.
Director General of Information Technology Department Premsharan Shrestha, Director of Information Technology Center Pradeep Sharma Poudel, Copyright Registrar Prahlad Prasad Pudsaini, Valley Crime Investigation Office Sub-Inspector Ravindra Regmi, Senior Police Sub-Inspector Rupak Khadka and others were present. Program.
Paudel, executive director of the Center for Information Technology, said the steps taken by the board are important and the center has promised to cooperate if needed. Shrestha, Director General of Information Technology Department, said that the government is ready to provide necessary support to the cyber security desk. Registrar Pudsaini said that cyber security and protection of intellectual property are interrelated and will cooperate.
Naval Khadka, president of the Film Producers Association, insisted that the board should immediately implement a cyber security desk. Regmi, Superintendent of Police, Valley Crime Investigation Office, said that Nepal Police is ready 24 hours to solve every problem of film and film personnel, adding that the police has operated a dedicated bureau ‘Cyber Bureau’ for cyber security.
The Board has already submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for budget allocation for the next financial year regarding the operation and cost of the ‘Cinema Cyber Security’ desk. From filming to release, the makers ran into trouble when important scenes from the film were released on social media.