India Copyright

India Copyrights


The term copyright is used for a number of rights held by the creators of music, drama, film, literature, etc. In India, copyright law is based on the Copyright Act 1957, the first copyright-related legislation after independence. The type of rights provided by the law include the right for reproduction, communication, translation, and adaptation of the work.

The duration of copyright will depend on the type of work. For literary, musical, dramatic, and art works, the copyright lasts for the lifetime of the author and 60 years after their death. For government works, cinematograph films, and anonymous works, the copyright lasts for 60 years, starting from the year after their publication. Foreign works are protected in the same way as Indian works. However, the duration of the copyright will not be longer than the duration in the country where the work was created.

In terms of the ownership of the copyright, the author is usually recognized as the first owner, according to the Copyright Act 1957. In cases where the author is under a “contract of service” or is working as an apprentice, their employer has first ownership, unless both parties have an agreement that says otherwise. For cases of copyright infringement, the copyright act provides civil, criminal and administrative remedies.

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