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Laws  |  October 26, 2012 12:50:10

Senators supported the Audiovisual Law, which establishes fees for films on the Internet


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - The Senate on Friday unanimously approved by 34 votes out of 51 senators present an amendment to the audiovisual law. Instead of the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography will create a new State Fund cinematography, which will be financed from fees such as audiovisual media services.

"The current conditions are in terms of practice outdated and inadequate," said Culture Minister Alena Hanáková (STAN), with, for example, does not reflect the new technology or do not respect the current process of films. "Professionals waiting for this change for twenty years," emphasized the importance of standards.

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.

"This law, after long years, the comprehensive plan for the promotion of cinema and audiovisual. Fund becomes less directly dependent on the Ministry of Culture. Addition to this form agreed a broad political spectrum," said George Oberfalzer (ODS).

Senators discussed at the plenary presentation, designed by Peter senators Bratský (ODS) and Miroslav Nenutil (CSSD). "The purpose of this amendment is to specify a subsidy from the state budget," explained Nenutil. "The law provides the support you but the result does not provide. According to me is such a political alibis," he added Bratský.

Conversely Oberfalzer senator argued that it is not appropriate that the ministry was committed to providing more resources to the film. "We know that financial conditions are currently good.We give the Ministry of Culture endowed that it will contribute to the film's more, again limiting other cultural activities, "he said.

That saves the state generally, wherever possible, the Chairman reminded the Senate Milan Stech (CSSD).

The proposal, which already sounded even earlier when discussing the law, eventually senators RSS.

The new fund has to keep records in the audiovisual sector and provide support for 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.

Teresa Cheerful, vesela@mediafax.cz

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