SGM (CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT) on Sep 1, 2019 (Sun) (only for LIFE and REGULAR Members)

The Special General Body Meeting is for LIFE and REGULAR Members of SWA, with Identity Cards, only. Please, bring your valid SWA Membership Card along. Please, Do NOT bring any relative or guest with you.

13th August 2019

Dear Member,

Greetings from the Screenwriters Association.

Special General Body Meeting which was held on Sunday, 04th August 2019 was adjourned due to lack of quorum. As per the SWA Constitution, an adjourned Special General Body Meeting shall be now held on Sunday, 1st September 2019. In case of no quorum, the meeting shall be adjourned for 30 minutes and shall resume after this without quorum.

The schedule of the meeting will be as follows:

Agenda:

To review, assess and pass the new proposed amendments in the Constitution of the Association.

Day & Date: Sunday, 1st September 2019

Venue: Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School
Sixth Floor, Near Laxmi Industrial Estate, Shastri Nagar, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West, Mumbai – 400 053

Time: 03.00 PM onwards Special General Body meeting
Followed by High Tea

We are enclosing/attaching herewith the clauses of the 2016 Constitution, which are to be amended along with the proposed 2019 amendments.

Download the ‘Proposed pointers for Constitution Amendment 2019’, at:
https://www.swaindia.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Revised-Proposed-pointers-for-Constitution-Amendment-2019.pdf

Download the Scanned PDF of this Covering Letter, at:
https://www.swaindia.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Scanned-copy-of-Covering-letter-1st-September-2019.pdf

I request all of you to please attend the meeting positively because the Constitution is a very important document which reflects the hopes and aspirations of screenwriters and lyricists and the future agenda of Screenwriters Association. Such meetings also give us an opportunity to meet our friends of the fraternity,

With regards,

Yours faithfully
For Screenwriters Association

Sunil Salgia
Hon. General Secretary

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13 अगस्त, 2019

प्रिय सदस्य साथी,

स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन की ओर से नमस्कार!

दिनांक 4 अगस्त 2019 (रविवार) को संविधान संशोधन के लिए आयोजित की गयी स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग को क़ोरम (कार्यसाधक संख्या) की कमी के कारण स्थगित किया गया था। एसडबल्यूए के संविधान के अनुसार, यह एडजर्ण्ड स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग अब 1 सितम्बर, 2019 (रविवार) को रखी गयी है। क़ोरम के ना रहने की स्थिति में मीटिंग को 30 मिनिट के लिए स्थगित किया जायेगा और उसके बाद बिना क़ोरम के क्रियान्वित किया जाएगा।

मीटिंग की रूपरेखा इस प्रकार रहेगी –

एजेंडा: एसोसिएशन के संविधान में संशोधनों की समीक्षा, आकलन और अनुमोदन।

दिनांक: 1 सितम्बर, 2019, रविवार

स्थान: भक्तिवेदांत स्वामी मिशन स्कूल, सिक्स्थ फ़्लोर, लक्ष्मी इंडस्ट्रियल एस्टेट के पास, शास्त्री नगर, लोखंडवाला कॉम्पलैक्स, अंधेरी वैस्ट, मुम्बई – 400 053

समय: दोपहर 03.00 बजे से स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग, नोट: मीटिंग के बाद ‘हाय-टी’ की व्यवस्था रखी गयी है।

स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग में संविधान संशोधन के लिए प्रस्तावित बदलावों की सूची:
https://www.swaindia.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Revised-Proposed-pointers-for-Constitution-Amendment-2019.pdf

इस मीटिंग में सिर्फ़ एसडबल्यूए के लाइफ़ और रैग्यूलर सदस्य (LIFE and Regular Members) ही भाग ले सकते हैं। कृपया, अपना वैध एसडबल्यूए मेंबरशिप कार्ड साथ लेकर आएँ एवं किसी मित्र अथवा पारिवारिक सदस्य को साथ ना लाएँ।

सभी लाइफ़ और रैग्यूलर सदस्यों से अनुरोध है कि इस मीटिंग में ज़रूर आएँ, क्योंकि संविधान एक महत्वपूर्ण दस्तावेज़ है जो स्क्रीनराइटर्स और गीतकारों की उम्मीदों और एसोसिएशन के भविष्य की दिशा निर्धारित करता है। इस तरह की मीटिंग्स हमें अपनी इंडस्ट्री के लेखक साथियों से मिलने-जुलने का मौक़ा भी प्रदान करती हैं।

भवदीय,
स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन की ओर से

सुनील सालगिया
मानद महासचिव, एसडबल्यूए

Rest In Peace, Sushma Swaraj Ji!

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We at the Screenwriters Association express our heartfelt grief at the sudden demise of Late Sushri Sushma Swaraj (14 February 1952 – 6 August 2019). She succumbed to a cardiac arrest following a heart attack on the night of 6 August.

Swaraj was a renowned Supreme Court lawyer and one of the few politicians admired for fair-mindedness and simplicity. Starting early, at the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of the Indian state of Haryana, and followed it later with becoming the second woman, after Indira Gandhi, to become the Minister of External Affairs India, in 2014.

With our grief-stricken hearts, we express our sincere most gratitude to Swaraj for lending her voice and support to the fight for the rights of screenwriter, lyricists, music composer and singers by endorsing the Copyright Act (2012 Amendment) in the Loksabha. This bill was introduced with the primary objective of ensuring fair revenue sharing to protect the rights of owners (creators and authors) of the copyright, who provide license for any dramatic, artistic, musical or literary work incorporated in cinematic or sound recording form. The bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on April 19, 2012 by renowned lyricist and cinema writer Shri Javed Akhtar, which was then sent to the Standing Committee. However, the fight for a fair share in revenue and royalty for the creators of scripts and songs faced severe challenges from a section of parliamentarians leaning towards a lobby of producers who did not want this bill to pass. Under these circumstances Sushma Swaraj, as the leader of opposition, vehemently supported this bill and emphatically urged the house to vote in its favour. 

Honorary General Secretary Shri Sunil Salgia expresses his warmest of regards with these following words: “In Parliament, we often see the opposition taking a stand to stall the bills proposed by the ruling party. On the contrary, Sushma ji stood in support of creative artists and gave a historic speech in 2012 to support of the bill. This was an exceptional gesture on her part which I will never forget.”

Shri Javed Akhtar, who was at the forefront of the fight to get the Copyright Amendment Act 2012 passed and currently serves as the Chairman of IPRS (Indian Performing Rights Society), tweets the following: “Deeply saddened by Sushma ji’s demise. The Music Fraternity will be indebted to her for magnificent defence of their rights in the Lok Sabha. You were an exceptional person Sushmaji. We will always remain thankful to you.”

The Screenwriters Association and the whole fraternity of screenwriters and lyricists working film, TV and digital media shall be forever indebted to Late Sushma Swaraj for strengthened their cause of fair rights. May her soul rest in peace.

Here’s the link to the brilliant speech by Late Sushma Swaraj in the Lok Sabha on May 22, 2012, as the leader of opposition supporting the Copyright Amendment Bill 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gP7MXv3rbg

 

SWA IS LOOKING FOR A ‘COPYRIGHT EXPERT LAWYER’

The Screenwriters Association (SWA) is inviting applications for the position of a full time in-house legal officer, to be based in Mumbai.

About SWA

SWA is a registered trade union of screenwriters of the film and television industry. Its primary objective is to promote and secure the interests of its member screenwriters, including settlement of their disputes with producers, directors etc. SWA has a strong Dispute Settlement Committee (DSC), which has been functional for more two decades now.

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the selected candidate would be to assist SWA in resolution of its members’ copyright related disputes and advising members on contract-related issues. This would entail, among others, examining the complaints that SWA receives, identifying valid ones, preparing briefs for the DSC, advising the complainants, guiding the resolution process, sending and responding to legal notices, etc. If the matter is to go to court, then the legal officer will brief the attorney and the counsel hired by SWA.

Qualifications and Experience

The candidate must hold a graduate or post-graduate degree in law and must possess good knowledge and preferably at least 2-3 years of hands-on experience in the field of intellectual property law, especially copyright law.

Compensation

The salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience and will be in the range of Rs. 50 – 75,000 per month. 

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must send their application and CV to The Executive Coordinator at office@swaindia.org by September 1, 2019. Suitable candidates will be invited for a personal interview.

Contact

If you have any queries regarding the position or the application procedure, you may reach the office at +91 22 2673 3027/+91 22 2673 3108 or direct the query to office@swaindia.org.

 

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Second Edition of SWA’s Newsletter SWAkshar | एसडबल्यूए के न्यूज़लैटर SWAक्षर का द्वितीय संस्करण

Friends,

The Screenwriters Association has released the second edition of its official newsletter SWAkshar. Download your e-copy NOW!

Links:

SWAkshar Edition 2 (English) : http://cms.swaindia.org/uploads/SWAkshar%20Edition%202%20(English).pdf

SWAkshar Edition 2 (Hindi) : http://cms.swaindia.org/uploads/SWAkshar%20Edition%202%20(Hindi).pdf

Archives: 

SWAkshar Edition 1 (English):  http://cms.swaindia.org/uploads/SWAkshar_Jan%202019_Edition%201.pdf

SWAkshar Edition 1 (Hindi) : http://cms.swaindia.org/uploads/SWAkshar%20Edition%201%20-%20Hindi.pdf

 

Power to writers!

Team SWA

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दोस्तों, 

स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन ने अपने आधिकारिक समाचार-पत्र SWAक्षर का दूसरा संस्करण रिलीज़ कर दिया है। अपनी ई-कॉपी आज ही डाउनलोड करें। 

लिंक्स:

SWAक्षर संस्करण 2 (अंग्रेज़ी) : http://cms.swaindia.org/uploads/SWAkshar%20Edition%202%20(English).pdf

SWAक्षर संस्करण 2 (हिंदी) : http://cms.swaindia.org/uploads/SWAkshar%20Edition%202%20(Hindi).pdf

आर्काइव:  

SWAक्षर संस्करण 1 (अंग्रेज़ी):   http://cms.swaindia.org/uploads/SWAkshar_Jan%202019_Edition%201.pdf

SWAक्षर संस्करण 1 (हिंदी)  : http://cms.swaindia.org/uploads/SWAkshar%20Edition%201%20-%20Hindi.pdf

 

राइटर्स ज़िंदाबाद!

टीम एसडबल्यूए

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Screenwriting Workshop with Anjum Rajabali, in Pune (hosted by Living Bridge, in association with SWA)

Living Bridge Workshop, Aug 22-25, 2019
Our big Screenwriting Workshop is Back!

The last few years, especially 2018-19, have proved beyond doubt that without a good script – forget a good film – even a successful one is not possible today. On the other hand, so many ‘small’ films have had extraordinary runs simply because they had wonderful scripts backing them.No wonder then, that there’s a mad scramble in Mumbai for good scripts and for good writers, in every language.

Hence, we need more writers to up their game. By learning the craft of writing seriously, and by continuously upgrading it, polishing it.

Dates: August 22-25, 2019 
Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM 

Venue: MCCIA, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune, Maharashtra

 
Fees (inclusive of lunch & tea/coffee on all days): INR11500/-
SPECIAL DISCOUNTED FEES for SWA Members: INR 9500/- 
Contact: +919890000587 / +919823131486
Email ID: learn@livingbridge.net
To Register, please visit: https://www.livingbridge.net/registration/

Limited Seats only!

 

Workshop Contents:

  • One day on the basics of screenwriting. Thinking up interesting PLOTS, discovering credible, empathetic CHARACTERS that breathe life into the plot. Giving an appropriate STRUCTURE to the screenplay. All this by referring to great examples.
  • One day dedicated just to SCENE DESIGN & DIALOGUE. Even with the best story and the most wonderful characters, your script can fail if your scenes are flat and your dialogue unnatural. We look at examples of wonderful scenes to learn how to write them.
  • Half a day on MYTHOLOGY, and how our two epics continue to influence modern Indian screenwriting and what can screenwriters learn from them.
  • Half a day on Joseph Campbell’s ‘HERO’S JOURNEY’ which offers rich insights into the underlying structures and rhythms of all forms of storytelling.
  • Half a day on ADAPTATION – how to create strong screenplays from existing sources like novels, stories, plays. Again with reference to good examples.
  • Two guest masterclasses. With SRIRAM RAGHAVAN (writer-director of Andhadhun) and with JUHI CHATURVEDI (writer of Piku, Vicky Donor)
  • One session on PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE – contracts, fees, copyright, legal information, SWA’s role, etc.
Workshop Instructor:
Anjum Rajabali is one of India’s best known screenwriters and teachers, with over ten feature-film credits including Raajneeti, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Ghulam and Drohkaal. He’s been a mentor at many Indian and international script labs and a script advisor and consultant for several well-known films, including Gangaajal, Mulk, Article 15. In 2004, he designed and set up the Screenplay Writing Course at FTII, and was its head for 12 years. Since 2006, he has been the head of screenwriting at Whistling Woods, Mumbai. Anjum regularly conducts screenwriting workshops, and has convened several national conferences, seminars, and fellowships on screenwriting. Anjum has been a senior activist at SWA since 2008.
This year, he has been chosen for the prestigious international teaching award, ‘Leading Pedagogue of the Year’ by CILECT, a federation of over 175 films schools around the world.
 
 
 

SPECIAL GENERAL BODY MEETING (CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT) 2019 (only for LIFE and REGULAR Members)

The Special General Body Meeting is for LIFE and REGULAR Members of SWA, with Identity Cards, only. Please, bring your valid SWA Membership Card along. Please, Do NOT bring any relative or guest with you.

 

Date: 20th July 2019

Dear Members,

Greetings from the Screenwriters Association.

A Special General Body meeting as recommended by the Executive Committee is to be held on Sunday, the 4th August 2019 (strictly for Life and Regular members of SWA) to amend the Constitution as per the following schedule:

Day & Date: Sunday, 04th August 2019

Venue: Flag’s Avant Garde, Albert Hall, Flags Building, Near Mark & Spencer’s, K. R. Basakhetre Road, Lokhandwala, Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 053

(Click here for location. Link: https://goo.gl/maps/hjnLb2Kv3yHMRLGU8 )

Schedule:

10.00 to 10.45 AM – Breakfast

11.00 AM onwards – Special General Body Meeting – Followed by Lunch

This special meeting has been called to review, assess and pass the new proposed amendments in the Constitution of the Association. The proposed amendments have been thoroughly discussed in the Executive Committee and are now recommended to the General Body to be adopted and passed.

Friends, since long it has been felt that we must assess and re-evaluate ourselves to cope with the fast changing scenario of the Indian and International film and television industry. We have to update the ways of working of the Association to face the new challenges of the media and entertainment industry.

This involved documenting and double-checking the validity of all the proposals to amend clauses therein, doing independent research by scouring though the different relevant laws. It took months of the time and effort of Executive Committee in general and the Constitution Amendment Sub-Committee in particular.

We are enclosing/attaching herewith the clauses of the 2016 Constitution, which are to be amended along with the proposed 2019 amendments.

If you have any suggestion regarding these amendments/or new amendments please send them to the office of the Association by 27th July 2019 on or before 5.00 p.m. Failing which the member’s suggestion and proposal will not be entertained in the Special General Body Meeting.

I request all of you to please attend the meeting positively because the Constitution is a very important document which reflects the hopes and aspirations of screenwriters and lyricists and the future agenda of Screenwriters Association. Such meetings also give us an opportunity to meet our friends of the fraternity.

With regards,
Yours faithfully
For Screenwriters Association

Sunil Salgia
Hon. General Secretary

NOTE:

Download the ‘Proposed pointers for Constitution Amendment 2019’, at: 
https://www.swaindia.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Revised-Proposed-pointers-for-Constitution-Amendment-2019.pdf

Download the Scanned PDF of this Covering Letter, at: 
https://www.swaindia.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Scanned-copy-of-Covering-letter-for-SGM.pdf

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20 जुलाई, 2019

 
प्रिय सदस्य साथी,
 

स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन की ओर से नमस्कार!

सूचित किया जाता है कि 4 अगस्त 2019 (रविवार) को संविधान संशोधन के लिए एक स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग रखी गयी है। इस मीटिंग में सिर्फ़ एसडबल्यूए के लाइफ़ और रैग्यूलर सदस्य (LIFE and Regular Members) ही भाग ले सकते हैं। कृपया, अपना वैध एसडबल्यूए मेंबरशिप कार्ड साथ लेकर आएँ एवं किसी मित्र अथवा पारिवारिक सदस्य को साथ ना लाएँ।

सभी लाइफ़ और रैग्यूलर सदस्यों से अनुरोध है कि इस मीटिंग में ज़रूर आएँ, क्योंकि संविधान एक महत्वपूर्ण दस्तावेज़ है जो स्क्रीनराइटर्स और गीतकारों की उम्मीदों और एसोसिएशन के भविष्य की दिशा निर्धारित करता है। इस तरह की मीटिंग्स हमें अपनी इंडस्ट्री के लेखक साथियों से मिलने-जुलने का मौक़ा भी प्रदान करती हैं।

मीटिंग की रूपरेखा इस प्रकार रहेगी –

 
दिनांक और दिन: 4 अगस्त, 2019, रविवार
 
स्थान: फ़्लैग अवान-गार्ड, अल्बर्ट हॉल, मार्क्स एंड स्पेंसर के नज़दीक, के आर बसखेत्रे रोड, आदर्श नगर के पीछे, लोखंडवाला, अंधेरी (वेस्ट) मुम्बई – 400 053
 
 
कार्यक्रम: 
 
प्रातः 10.00 – 10.45 बजे – अल्पाहार
 
प्रातः 11.00 बजे – स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग
 
नोट: मीटिंग के उपरांत लंच की व्यवस्था रखी गयी है।
 
स्पेशल जनरल बॉडी मीटिंग में संविधान संशोधन के लिए प्रस्तावित बदलावों की सूची:

 

कृपया, संविधान संशोधन से सम्बंधित अपने सुझाव हमें office@swaindia.org पर 27 जुलाई 2019 (शनिवार) को सांय 5.00 बजे से पहले तक ईमेल करें। ऐसा ना कर पाने की अवस्था में हम अमुक सदस्य के सुझावों पर एसजीएम में विचार नहीं कर पाएँगे। 

भवदीय,

स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन की ओर से

 

सुनील सालगिया

मानद महासचिव, एसडबल्यूए

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SWA collaborates for MX Penstorm! Pitch your web show ideas today!

The Screenwriters Association has always strived to provide its members credible opportunities to showcase their talent and build their careers. We’re now proud to collaborate with the online streaming platform MX Player, for MX Penstorm – A unique platform for screenwriters to pitch their ideas for web shows directly to the production and broadcasting giant.

At MX Player, only great ideas matter. If you’re a writer, producer or content creator with an idea for a show or web series, we encourage you to participate in MX Penstorm. This is a golden opportunity for deserving ideas to reach millions of viewers, through MX Player.  

Follow this link to participate: https://penstorm.mxplayer.in/

Deadline: May 10, 2019 

Note: Do NOT forget to register your concepts and synopses with SWA before the pitch!

All the best!

UPDATE: Deadline extended for the program MX Penstorm, by MX Player in association with SWA. You can now pitch your concepts till May 15, 2019. Apply today!

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DISCLAIMER: It is understood that under no circumstances the Screenwriters Association (SWA) shall assume any responsibility for or obligation or duty with respect to any part or all of the MX Penstorm program (organised by MX Player), of any nature or kind whatsoever, or any matter or proceedings arising out of or relating thereto. SWA shall not be required to take any action of any kind to collect or protect any interest of its members in relation withMX Penstorm program (organised by MX Player), and in no event shall SWA be liable to its member or members for any loss of intellectual property, anticipated profits or other consequential, special or indirect loss or damage of any nature arising at any time, whether arising under contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or dispute situation or for any other cause whatsoever. However, SWA members can always approach its Dispute Settlement Committee (DSC) with their grievances, if any, related to Copyright infringement, credits and remuneration. 

Rest In Peace, Rajeev Agarwal!

Rajeev Agarwal (15-9-1957 to 10-03-2019)

Eminent screenwriter and television director Rajeev B Agarwal passed away on March 10, 2019. He had a heart attack amidst work pressure with deadlines to be met on his latest project—“Ek Nayi Subah”, a Doordarshan series and is survived by his sons, Akira R Agarwal, Toshiro Agarwal and wife, Rita Agarwal.

Known for his vast contribution to the film and TV industry, mainly, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Neenv and Indradhanush, Rajeev started his career as a journalist, mentored by Khalid Mohammed, and worked with DHARMYUG, THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA, MADHURI, FILMFARE, THE TIMES OF INDIA, THE INDIAN EXPRESS, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, THE SUNDAY OBSERVER and THE INDIAN POST. Later he assisted Sai Paranjpye and Siddharth Kak in their films and documentary. He wrote more than 30 documentaries including Everest ’84, directed by Kak.

He was awarded the best director on TV in comedy in 2000-2001. His body of work on TV included INDRADHANUSH, NEENV, RAMAYAN (NDTV Imagine) (Dialogue), LAPATAGANJ (Story, screenplay & Dialogue), JAI MAA VAISHNO DEVI (Dialogue). MERI AAWAZ KO MIL GAYI ROSHNI (Dialogue. KABHI-KABHIE MERE GHAR MEIN BHUCHAAL AATA HAI. KARISHMA KA KARISHMA, MALINI IYER, Sitcom starring Ms. SRIDEVI and SHHH…KOI HAI (Story, screenplay & Dialogue), RAAT HONE KO HAI (Story, Screenplay & Dialogue), SHARARAT.

Rajeev also wrote more than a dozen films, which included Benarasi Jaasoos directed by Pankaj Parashar, Bhoot Uncle, Luka chuppi amongst others. He also directed TV serials like KABHI-KABHIE MERE GHAR MEIN BHUCHAAL AATA HAI (Star Plus),ZAMEER (Zee TV),IDHAR UDHAR Season 2,DADDY SAMJHA KARO (SAB TV), SURABHI (DD-1), CHHAPPAN BHOG (DD-1).

Currently, Agarwal was working on a film with Pankaj Parashar, a renewed season of Dekh Bhai Dekh with Aanand Mahendroo and dialogues for Mahima Shanidev Ki for Dangal TV. He was also one among the top twenty finalists for the first edition of Cinestaan’s Script Contest (supported by SWA), held last year.

The Screenwriters Association expresses its heartfelt grief at the sudden demise of Rajeev Agarwal and prays for his soul to rest in peace.

NOTE: Funeral for Rajeev B Agarwal will be held on March 12, 2019 (Tuesday) at 12:00 PM, 
at Oshiwara Crematorium, 11, Relief Road, Prakash Nagar, Dnyaneshwar Nagar, Jogeshwari West,
Mumbai.

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क़ानूनी मामलों में आर्थिक मदद के लिए एसडबल्यूए ने बनायी ‘लीगल एड पॉलिसी’!

यह एक बड़ी ख़बर है! स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन ने अपने सदस्यों के लिए एक ‘लीगल एड पॉलिसी’ की घोषणा की है जिसके ज़रिए इसके सदस्य कॉपीराइट चोरी, गोपनीयता उल्लंघन (ब्रीच ऑफ़ कॉन्फ़ीडैंशियेल्टी), भुगतान और क्रेडिट सम्बंधी मामलों को कोर्ट तक ले जाने में मदद पा सकेंगे। इस क़दम को उठाकर एसडबल्यूए ने एक बार फिर सिद्ध किया है कि वह अपने सदस्यों की ईंटलैक्चुल प्रॉपर्टी और जायज़ हक़ों की रक्षा के लिए वचनबद्ध है।

इस पॉलिसी के अंतर्गत, एसोसिएशन अपनी डिसप्यूट सैटलमेंट कमेटी (डीएससी) और विशेषज्ञ वकीलों की सलाह के आधार पर, सदस्यों को 50 प्रतिशत वक़ील की फ़ीस (अथवा एक निर्धारित राशि, दोनों में से जो भी कम हो) प्रदान करेगी। पॉलिसी के बाक़ी दिशा-निर्देशों को भी जल्द ही तय किया जाएगा। इस उपाय से उन सदस्यों की इंसाफ़ की लड़ाई मज़बूत होगी जिनके पक्ष में डीएससी ने कोई फ़ैसला दिया हो और जो मामले को कोर्ट ले जाना चाहते हैं पर आर्थिक रूप से कमज़ोर पड़ जाते हैं।

यह भी ग़ौर करने लायक बात है कि एसोसिएशन ने अपने अंधेरी वैस्ट स्थित दफ़्तर पर पहले से ही एक कॉपीराइट विशेषज्ञ वक़ील को पूर्णकालिक ‘लीगल ऑफ़िसर’ के रूप में नियुक्त किया हुआ है जिनसे सभी सदस्य मुफ़्त क़ानूनी परामर्श ले सकते हैं। (जो भी एसडबल्यूए सदस्य क़ानूनी परामर्श के लिए लीगल ऑफ़िसर से मिलना चाहें, वे legal.officer@swaindia.org पर ईमेल भेंजे।) इसके अलावा, एसडबल्यूए ऐसे कई और कॉपीराइट विशेषज्ञ वक़ीलों के सम्पर्क में है जो इसके सदस्यों को बेहद किफ़ायती दरों पर क़ानूनी मदद देने के इच्छुक हैं।

क़ानूनी मामलों में आर्थिक सहायता देने की ज़रूरत एक अर्से से महसूस हो रही थी। डीएससी ने इसका प्रस्ताव भी रखा था, क्योंकि कमिटी अक्सर शिकायतकर्ताओं की भरपूर मदद करने में ख़ुद को असहाय महसूस करती थी। बहुत से मामलों में किसी निर्माता या निर्देशक या साथी-सदस्य के ख़िलाफ़ अपने वाजिब हक़ों की लड़ाई में पीड़ित एसडबल्यूए सदस्य के पास कोर्ट जाने का ही आख़िरी रास्ता बचता है। यहाँ तक कि फ़ेडेरेशन ऑफ़ वैस्टर्न इंडियन सिने इम्पलॉयीज़ (एफ़डबल्यूआईसीई) के साथ मिलकर गठित हुई जॉइंट-डीएससी-कमिटी में अब तक चार दर्जन से अधिक मामले लम्बित हैं। एसडबल्यूए के फ़ेडेरेशन से डिसएफ़िलिएट होने के बाद, जल्द से जल्द डीएससी को और मज़बूत करने की भी सख़्त ज़रूरत थी।

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SWA announces Legal Aid Policy for its members!

This is indeed a big news! The Screenwriters Association has announced a Legal Aid Policy to help its member screenwriters fight their cases, related to Copyright infringement, breach of confidentiality, payments and credits; in court. This is a step in tune with SWA’s commitment to help its members defend their intellectual property, and get their due credits and remuneration.   

Under this policy, the Association will pay 50 percent of the lawyer’s fee, or a definite amount (whichever is lower), as per the recommendations of its Dispute Settle Committee (DSC) and a panel of expert lawyers. The detailed guidelines for the same are being worked out. This provision will give power to aggrieved members seek justice legally, in a situation when they might want to approach the court but lack resources, after the DSC has decided in their favour.

It is also important to note that this new move is in addition with SWA appointing a full-time Copyright expert lawyer as its Legal Officer, at its office in Andheri West, to offer legal consultation to members absolutely free of cost. (All members seeking an appointment with SWA’s Legal Officer for legal consultation are requested to send an email to legal.officer@swaindia.org ). Moreover, SWA’s legal cell is also in contact with copyright lawyers who’re willing to offer their services at concessional rates to screenwriters.

The need for legal aid was being felt for a long time. The DSC had recommended for it as there have been cases in which the committee would feel limited in helping out the complainant members who have been wronged by producers, directors or even fellow members. In fact, there have been more than four dozen cases, pending with the erstwhile Joint-DSC-Committee formed by SWA and the Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE). After SWA disaffiliated itself from the Federation, the need to strengthen the DSC also seemed immediate.

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