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India: CCI fines Karnataka film and TV

 |  July 29, 2015

The Competition Commission of India has held Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), Karnataka Television Association (KTVA) and Kannada Film Producers Association (KFPA) in contravention of the Competition Act.

“KFCC, KTVA and KFPA were involved in the practice of preventing the release /telecast of dubbed films/TV serials in Karnataka. The Commission further found that the prohibition on the exhibition of dubbed content, both films and /or TV programmes, prevents the competing parties in pursuing their commercial activities,” the Ministry of Corporate Affairs said in a statement.

An association of viewers within Karnataka had approached the watchdog alleging anti-competitive conduct by various associations in Karnataka in not allowing dubbed content in the form of films and TV serials.

CCI has directed KFCC, KTVA and KFPA to cease and desist from indulging in anti- competitive practices. Considering the recurring violation of the provisions of the Act and the complete disregard to the competition law principles by KFCC, the watchdog has imposed a penalty of ? 16,82,204 on it.

Full content: The Hindu Business Line

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