Deputies proposed to ban speeding up the titles of films on TV

Deputies of the State Duma proposed to oblige TV channels to devote at least a minute of screen time to showing movie titles, as well as to prohibit their accelerated playback. Draft amendments to the federal law “On state support of cinematography of the Russian Federation” made Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy; Head of the Duma Committee on Culture Elena Yampolskaya; and a group of deputies of the lower house of parliament.

Acceleration of credits does not provide an opportunity to obtain information about the producer, director, actors and other authors of the film immediately after the screening, the authors of the bill write in an explanatory note.

“It is extremely important and regrettable that fast rewinding of captions creates disrespect for creative work,” they pointed out and noted that TV channels perceive captions as a waste of advertising time and a reason for switching channels. They appeal to Article 1315 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, which gives authors of works the right to indicate their names.

The authors of the bill propose to regulate only the work of television channels, while the ban is proposed to extend only to films created for screening in the cinema. The text of the documents does not specify the requirements for serials and films created for TV. Streaming services are also not regulated: online cinemas such as Netflix automatically skip the credits at the end of films and offer to skip them at the beginning.

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