Under the provisions of Indian Copyright Act, any person can approach the appellate board, for issuance of a compulsory license to publish a work that is withheld from public: –
- If the copyright owner has refused to allow republication of the work or to perform the work in public;
- Or to communicate the work to the public by broadcast.
If the copyright board, after giving a reasonable opportunity to be heard to the copyright owner, finds that the grounds for refusal are not reasonable, may direct the registrar of copyrights to grant license to the complainant.
[Note: the right to produce or publish translations of any literary or dramatic work becomes available to any person after the passing of 7 years from the date of first publication.]