INDIAN COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957
[4th June, 1957] An Act to amend and consolidate the law relating to copyright.
Be it enacted by Parliament in the Eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows:
1. Short title, extent and commencement. -(1) This Act may be called the Copyright Act,...
Copyright Office and Copyright Board
9. Copyright Office. - (1) There shall be established for the purposes of this Act an office to be
called the Copyright Office.
(2) The Copyright Office shall be under the immediate control of the Registrar of Copyrights who
shall act under the...
13. Works in which copyright subsists.- (1) Subject to the provisions of this section and the other
provisions of this Act, copyright shall subsist throughout India in the following classes of works, that is
(a) original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic...
Ownership of Copyright and the Rights of the Owner
17. First owner of copyright.-Subject to the provisions of this Act, the author of a work shall be the
first owner of the copyright therein
(a) in the case of a literary, dramatic or artistic work made by the author...
Term of Copyright
22. Term of copyright in published literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works.-Except as
otherwise hereinafter provided, copyright shall subsist in any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic
work (other than a photograph) published within the lifetime of the...
30.Licences by owners of copyright.- The owner of the copyright in any existing work or the
prospective owner of the copyright in any future work may grant any interest in the right by licence in
writing signed by him or by his duly authorised agent:
Provided that in the...
Registration of Copyright Society.- (1) No person or association of persons shall, after
coming into force of the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 1994 commence or, carry on the business of
issuing or granting licences in respect of any work in...
Rights of Broadcasting
Organisation and of Performers
Broadcast reproduction right.-(1) Every broadcasting organisation shall have a special right to
be known as "broadcast reproduction right" in respect of its broadcasts.
(2) The broadcast reproduction right...
40. Power to extend copyright to foreign works.-- The Central Government may, by
published in the Official Gazette, direct that all or any provisions of this Act shall apply-
(a) to work first published in any class territory outside India to which...
Registration of Copyright
44. Register of Copyrights. -There shall be kept at the Copyright Office a register in the prescribed
form to be called the Register of Copyrights in which may be entered the names or titles of works and
the names and addresses of authors, publishers and owners...
Infringement of Copyright
51. When copyright infringed. -Copyright in a work shall be deemed to be infringed-
(a) when any person, without a licence granted by the owner of the copyright or the Registrar of
Copyrights under this Act or in contravention of the conditions of a...
63. Offence of infringement of copyright or other rights conferred by this Act. Any person who
knowingly infringes or abets the infringement of-
(a) the copyright in a work, or
(b) any other right conferred by this Act,
[except the right conferred by section...
54. Definition. -For the purposes of this Chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the
expression "owner of copyright" shall include-
(a) an exclusive licensee;
(b) in the case of an anonymous or pseudonymous literary, dramatic, musical or artistic...
71. Appeals against certain orders of Magistrate. -Any person aggrieved by an order made under
sub-section (2) of section 64 or section 66 may, within thirty days of the date of such order, appeal to
the court to which appeals from the court making the order...
For an application for COMPULSORY LICENSE :
For a license to republish a Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work (Section 31, 31-A and 32-A)