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Copyright Act, 1957

 

Preamble

   
  CHAPTER I: PRELIMINARY
1.

Short title, extent and commencement

2.

Interpretation

3.

Meaning of publication

4.

When work not deemed to be published or performed in public

5.

When work deemed to be first published in India

6.

Certain disputes to be decided by copyright board

7.

Nationality of author where the making of unpublished work is extended over considerable period

8.

Domicile of corporations

   
  CHAPTER II : COPYRIGHT OFFICE AND COPYRIGHT BOARD
9.

Copyright office

10.

Registrar and Deputy Registrars of Copyrights

11.

Copyright Board

12.

Powers and procedure of Copyright Board

   
  CHAPTER III : COPYRIGHT
13.

Works in which copyright subsists

14.

Meaning of copyright

15.

Special provision regarding copyright in designs registered or capable of being registered under the Designs Act, 1911

16.

No copyright except as provided in this Act

   
  CHAPTER IV : OWNERSHIP OF COPYRIGHT AND THE RIGHTS OF THE OWNER
17.

First owner of copyright

18.

Assignment of copyright

19.

Mode of assignment

19A.

Disputes with respect to assignment of copyright

20.

Transmission of copyright in manuscript by testamentary disposition

21.

Right of author to relinquish copyright

   
  CHAPTER V : TERM OF COPYRIGHT
22.

Term of copyright in published literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works

23.

Term of copyright in anonymous and pseudonymous works

24.

Term of copyright in posthumous work

25.

Term of copyright in photographs

26.

Term of copyright in cinematograph films

27.

Term of copyright in sound recording

28.

Term of copyright in government works

28A.

Term of copyright in works of public undertakings

29.

Term of copyright in works of international organisations

   
  CHAPTER VI : LICENCES
30.

Licences by owners of copyright

30A.

Application of sections 19 and 19A

31.

Compulsory licence in works withheld from public

31A.

Compulsory licence in unpublished Indian works

32.

Licence to produce and publish translations

32A.

License to reproduce and publish works for certain purposes

32B.

Termination of licences issued under this chapter

   
  CHAPTER VII : COPYRIGHT SOCIETIES
33.

Registration of copyright society

34.

Administration of rights of owner by copyright society

34A.

Payment of remunerations by copyright society

35.

Control over the copyright society by the owner of rights

36.

Submission of returns and reports

36A.

Rights and liabilities of performing rights societies

   
  CHAPTER VIII : RIGHTS OF BROADCASTING ORGANISATION AND OF PERFORMERS
37.

Broadcast reproduction right

38.

Performer's right

39.

Acts not infringing broadcast reproduction right or performer's right

39A.

Other provisions applying to broadcast reproduction right and performer's right

   
  CHAPTER IX : INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT
40.

Power to extend copyright to foreign works

40A.

Power of Central Government to apply Chapter VIII to broadcasting organisations and performers in certain other countries

41.

Provisions as to works of certain international organisations

42.

Power to restrict rights in works of foreign authors first published in India

42A.

Power to restrict rights of foreign broadcasting organisations and performers

43.

Orders under this Chapter to be laid before Parliament

   
  CHAPTER X : REGISTRATION OF COPYRIGHT
44.

Register of Copyrights

45.

Entries in register of copyrights

46.

Indexes

47.

Form and inspection of register

48.

Register of copyrights to be prima facie evidence of particulars entered therein

49.

Correction of entries in the register of copyrights

50.

Rectification of register by Copyright Board

50A.

Entries in the register of copyrights, etc. to be published

   
  CHAPTER XI : INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT
51.

When copyright infringed

52.

Certain acts not to be infringement of copyright

52A.

Particulars to be included in Sound recordings and video films

52B.

Accounts and audit

53.

Importation of infringing copies

53A.

Resale share right in original copies

   
  CHAPTER XII : CIVIL REMEDIES
54.

Definition

55.

Civil remedies for infringement of copyright

56.

Protection of separate rights

57.

Author's special rights

58.

Rights of owner against persons possessing or dealing with infringing copies

59.

Restriction on remedies in the case of works of architecture

60.

Remedy in the case of groundless threat of legal proceedings

61.

Owner of copyright to be party to the proceeding

62.

Jurisdiction of court over matters arising under this Chapter

   
  CHAPTER XIII : OFFENCES
63.

Offence of infringement of copyright or other rights conferred by this Act

63A.

Enhanced penalty on second and subsequent convictions

63B.

Knowing use of infringing copy of computer programme to be an offence

64.

Power of police to seize infringing copies

65.

Possession of plates for purpose of making infringing copies

66.

Disposal of infringing copies or plates for purpose of making infringing copies

67.

Penalty for making false entries in register, etc. for producing or tendering false entries

68.

Penalty for making false statements for the purpose of deceiving or influencing any authority or officer

68A.

Penalty for contravention of section 52A

69.

Offences by companies

70.

Cognisance of offences

   
  CHAPTER XIV : APPEALS
71.

Appeals against certain orders of Magistrate

72.

Appeals against orders of Registrar of Copyrights and Copyright Board

73.

Procedure for appeals

   
  CHAPTER XV : MISCELLANEOUS
74.

Registrar of Copyrights and Copyright Board to possess certain powers of civil courts

75.

Orders for payment of money passed by Registrar of Copyrights, and Copyright Board to be executable as a decree

76.

Protection of action taken in good faith

77.

Certain persons to be public servants

78.

Power to make rules

79.

Repeal, saving and transitional provisions

 

Copyright Act, 1957

 

 

 

 

 

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