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The President vetoed the law on audiovisual

PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - President Vaclav Klaus on Monday returned to the Chamber of Deputies to the Audiovisual Law. The law assumes that the location of the State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography Fund will create a new state of cinema, which will be financed from fees such as audiovisual media services.

"Formally different, but basically very similar law, I returned to the Chamber of Deputies in 2006 ... This law was finally adopted. Their opinion I have not changed since then," he said in justification Klaus.

"Still, I think that the film industry is a standard industry business, not a public good that should be financed from public funds, ie funds from those who would themselves for this purpose did not voluntarily.I continue to believe that if Parliament thinks otherwise, then it has to be intention to promote the film compared with other public interest in the preparation of the state budget and is not to be financed from extra-budgetary resources and thus privileged over other public spending, "said the president.

He says he still considered indefensible and unjustifiable in this way that the state intends to support entrepreneurs in the film industry, and not, for example Czech music, Czech art or architecture, Czech literature Czech Czech theater or sport: "We see no reason why would just film producers and other entrepreneurs in the cinema should be privileged over others comparable fields. "

Despite the fact that the organization is funding the film industry through the State Fund of cinema in the New Testament and sophisticated fund itself has a newly subject to stringent public scrutiny than they were under the law, which came six years ago, according to the president is more of a technical component upgrades. The very nature of the law but he remains flawed.

"I think that the real problem of contemporary Czech cinema is not so much a lack of money - even for little money can make a very good film - but rather a lack of creative invention. I believe the house would be taken over by law should seriously think again," he concluded President.

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 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 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.

Philip Nachtmann, Tereza Cheerful,

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