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Copyright Act, 1957
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 VI Section 30 - 32B: Licenses
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
- December 7, 2012: Registration of Creative Works under Copyright Act