India Copyright Laws

India Copyright Laws

Copyright law in India covers the rights granted to the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and the producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. These rights include the rights to reproduction of the work, communication of the work to the public, adapt or translation of work.

The current legislation governing copyright in India is The Copyright Act, 1957, which was last amended in 2012. Copyright law in India can be traced back to its colonial-era under the British Empire, when a modified version of the United Kingdom 1911Copyright Act was applied to India as the Indian Copyright Act, 1914. The Indian Copyright Act, 1914 is still applicable for works created prior to 21 January 1958 (when the current legislation came into force).

India is a member of the Berne Convention, the Universal Copyright Convention, the Rome Convention, and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

India is not a member of the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT).

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