Italy eyes new film law

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ROME -- In its latest effort to boost the country's film industry, the Italian government on Monday will introduce a bill to parliament that would make investments in the Italian cinema sector more attractive and extend the intellectual property rights of authors to include new media.

Though the text of the proposal has not been released, a summary available from the parliament's Web site and local media reports indicate that the plan will extend tax advantages to cinema-related investments, whether in terms of the shooting of films, their distribution or the development of new theaters.

Additionally, the new rules will extend rules for the intellectual property rights of authors to include all media. Current rules governing IP rights date to the 1990s and do not address some aspects of digital media.

Significant opposition to the measure is not expected, according to media reports, though rule changes could be made during the debate process.
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