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Films Act 1985

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1(1)In this Schedule— "Commonwealth country" means the United Kingdom, any country for the time being specified in Schedule 3 to the British Nationality Act 1981 (countries whose citizens are Commonwealth citizens), and any territory for whose international relations Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom is responsible;

" film " includes any record, however made, of a sequence of visual images, which is a record capable of being used as a means of showing that sequence as a moving picture;

" maker ", in relation to a film, means the person by whom the arrangements necessary for the making of the film are undertaken;

" master disc ", in relation to a film, means the original master film disc or the original master audio disc of the film ;

" master negative ", in relation to a film, means the original master negative of the film and its soundtrack (if any) ;

" master tape ", in relation to a film, means the original master film tape or the original master audio tape of the film ;

" sound recording " means a sound recording which is either an original recording or a re-recording ;

"studio" (except in paragraph 5(1)(b)) means a building or group of buildings constructed or adapted for the purpose of making films therein and includes any land occupied with such a building or group of buildings.

(2)For the purposes of this Schedule a studio shall be deemed to be used for making a film if any part of that film, or of any other film used in making it, consists of photographs taken or sound recordings made in that studio.

(3)Subject to sub-paragraph (4), each part of a series of films shall be treated as a separate film for the purposes of this Schedule.

(4)Where

(a)any series of films consists of a number of parts (not exceeding sixteen) whose combined playing time does not exceed eight hours ; and

(b)those parts, when shown consecutively in the sequence intended, constitute in the opinion of the Secretary of State a self-contained work,

the Secretary of State may, if he thinks fit, direct that those parts, taken together, are to be treated as constituting a single film for the purposes of this Schedule.

(5)Any reference in this Schedule to a master negative, tape or disc certified under paragraph 3(1) or to a certificate issued under that provision includes a reference to a master negative, tape or disc certified in pursuance of section 72(7)(b) of the Finance Act 1982 as originally enacted or to a certificate issued in pursuance of that provision.

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