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Laws  |  September 26, 2012 16:10:05

MEPs say yes to the Audiovisual Law, which establishes fees for films on the Internet


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - Instead of the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography Fund will create a new state of cinema, which will be financed by the fees of audiovisual media services. The House approved the final reading of an amendment to the audiovisual law, for there were 128 deputies voted against nobody.

"In this Act pending professional community for many years. European Union has warned that the current arrangement is so outdated that it is incompatible with the freedoms Union that is not transparent," emphasized the importance of standards Culture Minister Alena Hanáková (STAN).

State Fund cinematography is by design a successor organization of the current fund. His task will be to manage audiovisual charges, fees from posting ads or fees for applications for grant of cinema.

The fund would lead to registration in the audiovisual sector and provide support cinematography. In addition, it should have in the job description exercise its copyright and rights of producers of audiovisual works or allocating co-production status.

Between the financial resources of the Fund will be for example charge of broadcast advertising fee of cinematic performance or the provision of audiovisual media services on demand.

Fee for broadcast advertising is the cornerstone of the fund and is composed of two percent levy on advertising revenues or incomes television, which broadcast cinematographic works. Obligation applies to freely distributed stations that do not have local or regional character. Practically on the fee consist commercial TV Nova, Prima and Barrandov, which will have to contribute an amount of at least 150 million annually.

Income from cinematographic performances law increases from the original one crown to the level of one percent, rounded to whole crowns. Adult viewers Prague multiplexes will be contributing to the treasury fund two crowns for classic films and three crowns for a performance in 3D.

Rate for the provision of audiovisual media services on demand standard tents and half percent of the fee-per-view or subscription prices. There, too, but it has to round to the nearest crown upwards. Service providers like O2 Voyo.cz or Video on Demand TV will be in the fund to pay the crown for each image, for which they pay their users once, or half a percent of the rate for a subscription.

The Act also obliged distributors of audiovisual works such works provide subtitles for the hearing impaired. Films will then need to have in terms of the appropriateness of its content for children and young people one of the four classifications. Either it will be the images accessible without restrictions or unsuitable for children under 12 years of age, or inaccessible to children up to 15 years, and finally inaccessible to children and adolescents under 18 years of age.

The law has come into effect from 1 January 2013. An exception is only the provisions on charges of providing audiovisual media services on demand, which should start up in 2016.

Kamila Kinštová, Jan Kálal, kinstova@mediafax.cz

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