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Indian Copyright Act 1957

The Copyright Act, 1957 governs the laws & applicable rules related to the subject of copyrights in India. The Indian copyrights law borrowed from the new Copyright Act of the United Kingdom of 1956. Copyright Law in the India was earlier governed by the Copyright Act of 1914 and was the extension of the British Copyright Act, 1911 to India. The Indian copyright law protects literary works, dramatic works, musical works, artistic works, cinematograph films and sound recordings. - Sec. 2(y) of Copyright Act 1957. The Copyright Act, 1957, is compliant with most international conventions and treaties in the field of copyrights and Intellectual Property Rights.

The Copyright Act Amendment 2012 will redress the imbalances in Indian copyright law for songwriters and musicians working in the Indian film industry. The amendment declares authors as owners of the copyright and cannot be assigned to the producers, as was done till now. It will now be mandatory to pay royalty to the owners of the copyright each time a work of art was broadcast. According to this Act, the period of copyright for photographs was 50 years from the time it was first published.

"The term for which copyright shall subsist in photographs shall be fifty years from the making of the original negative from which the photograph was directly or indirectly derived, and the person who was owner of such negative at the time when such negative was made shall be deemed to be the author of the work, and, where such owner is a body corporate, the body corporate shall be deemed for the purposes of this Act to reside within the parts of His Majesty's dominions to which this Act extends if it has established a place of business within such parts."

The Copyright Act, 1957 ( 2019 Edition) Paperback – 2019.
by Commercial Law Publishers (India) Pvt. Ltd. The Copyright Act 1957 Bare Act with Explanation 2020 English Edition as provided by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.