India: Copyright Amendment Rules passed by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
In a recent notification released by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry on August 10, 2016, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 78 of the Copyright Act, 1957, the Central Government made a few alterations to the Copyright Rules 2013. The Amendment was made in respect to the following rules-
Rule 3- Instead of the words “other member shall hold office”, the words “other members shall not hold office”, shall be substituted.
Rule 70 (6) – instead of the words, “in relation to any goods”, the words “in relation to any goods or services”, shall be substituted.
Rule 70 (11) - for the words and figures, “sub-rule (7)”, the words and figures “sub-rule (10)”, shall be substituted.
FORM XIV of the first schedule of the principle rules
- Under the heading ‘Statement of Particulars’, in item 14, instead of the words “in relation to any goods”, the words “in relation to any goods or services”, shall be substituted.
The amendment has bought a major change in the meaning of Rule 3, Rule 70 and in the First Schedule in Form XIV. Firstly, in case of Rule 3, whereas, previously the norm was that the Chairman and other members was appointed after they attained the age of Sixty Five & Sixty Two years respectively. But, with the recent amendment, the Chairman & other members can now remain in office till they attain the age of Sixty-Five and Sixty-Two.
Additionally, in Rule 70 of the Copyright Rules, 2013, in the case of an application for Registration of Copyright in case of Artistic Works, the scope of the section has been extended to include both goods & services.