Copyright Act in India
The Copyright Act-1957 and Copyright Rules-2013 are the principal law governing regulation of law relating to copyright in India. The Copyright Act, 1957 came into effect from January, 1958 and since then has been amended five times.
Some of the major amendments that have taken place in the copyright regime in India are on account of provisions in the International treaties and convention i.e. to bring the Indian Copyright Law in conformity with the following treaties:
i. WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT)
ii. WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT)
The Copyright Amendment of 2012 brought about substantial changes in the copyright regime in India. The Amendment Act of 2012 can be accessed here.
The Copyright Act also provides for the establishment of Copyright Office, which functions under the direction and immediate control of the Registrar of Copyrights. The Copyright Office is located at the Boudhik Sampada Bhawan, Dwarka, New Delhi. The Office is responsible for maintaining the Register of Copyrights. Read more about copyright office here.
The Copyright Act, 1957 defines the owner of copyright and also enumerates the works in which copyright subsists. The Act provides for assignment of copyright and also elucidates on the mode of assignment of copyright in India. Apart from this, some of the important aspects covered by the Act inter alia includes term of copyright and remedies in the event of copyright infringement.
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