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Copyright Act, 1957

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The Copyright Act, 1957 was enacted repealing the Indian Copyright Act, 1914 after India gained experience by participating in the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention 1952. The act was amended several times in 1983, 1984, 1992 and 1994. The Copyright (Amendment) Act, 1994 made major amendments after India signed GATT on April 15, 1994 in order to comply with the obligations undertaken by signing the GATT.

The Copyright Rules, 1958 was brought out detailing for procedural provisions in the implementation of the Act.

The Act contained 79 sections in 15 chapters.

Chapter I Section 1 - 8: Preliminary

Chapter II Section 9 - 12: Copyright Office and Copyright Board

Chapter III Section 13 - 16: Explains what are Copyrights

Chapter IV Section 17 - 21: Rights of the owner, Ownership of Copyright

Chapter V Section 22 - 29: Term of Copyright

Chapter VI Section 30 - 32B: Licenses

Chapter VII Section 33 - 36A: Copyright Societies

Chapter VIII Section 37 - 39A: Rights of Broadcasting Organisation and of Performers

Chapter IX Section 40 - 43: International Copyright

Chapter X Section 44 - 50A: Registration of Copyright

Chapter XI Section 51 - 53: Infringement of Copyright

Chapter XII Section 54 - 62: Civil Remedies

Chapter XIII Section 63 - 70: Offenses and prescribed Punishments

Chapter XIV Section 71 - 73: Appeals

Chapter XV Section 74 - 79: Miscellaneous Provisions

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