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THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957

Title : THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957

Year : 1957

[Act No. 14 of 1957]1*
[4th June, 1957]

PREAMBLE

An Act So amend and consolidate the law relating to copyright.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

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1. The Act has been extended to Goa, Daman and Diu Reg. 12 of 1962, sec. 3 and Sch.; to Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Reg. 6 of 1963, sec. 2 and Sch. 1; to Pondicherry by Reg. 7 of 1963, sec. 3 and Sch. I; and brought into force in the State of Sikkim  w.e.f. 27-4-1979 vide Notification No. S.O. 226 (E), dated 27th April, 1979, Gazette of India, Extra. Pt. II, sec. 3 (ii), p. 430.

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(1) This Act may be called the Copyright Act, 1957.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall come into force on such date 1*the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

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1 Came into force on 21-1-1958 vide S.R.O. 269, dated 21st January, 1958, Gazette of India, Extra. Pt. II, sec. 3, p. 167
 
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In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) "Adaptation" means,-

(i) In relation to a dramatic work, the conversion of the work into a non-dramatic work;

(ii) In relation to a literary work or an artistic work, the conversion of the work into a dramatic work by way of performance in public or otherwise;

(iii) In relation to a literary or dramatic work, any abridgement of the work or any version of the work in which the story or action in conveyed wholly or mainly by means of pictures in a form suitable for reproduction in a book, or in a newspaper, magazine or similar periodical; 1[ **]

(iv) In relation to a musical work, any arrangement or transcription of the work;[and]

2*[(v) In relation to any work, any use of such work involving its rearrangement or alteration;]

(b) 3*["work of architecture"] means any building or structure having as artistic character or design, or any model for such building or structure;

(c) "Artistic work" means,-

(i) A painting, a sculpture, a drawing (including a diagram, map, chart or plan), an engraving or a photograph, whether or not any such work possesses artistic quality;

(ii) A 4*[work of architecture]; and

(iii) Any other work of artistic craftsmanship;

(d) "Author" means,-

(i) In relation to a literary or dramatic work, the author of the work;

(ii) In relation to a musical work, the composer;

(iii) In relation to an artistic work other than a photograph, the artist;

(iv) In relation to a photograph, the person taking the photograph;

5*[(v) In relation to a cinematograph film or sound recording, the producer; and

(vi) In relation to any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work which is computer-generated, the person who causes the work to be created;]

6*[(dd) "Broadcast" means communication to the public-

(i) By any means of wireless diffusion, whether in any one or more of the forms of signs, sounds or visual images; or

(ii) By wire, and includes a re-broadcast;]

(e) "Calendar year" means the year commencing on the 1st day of January;

7[(f) "Cinema to graph film" means any work of visual recording 23[***] produced through a process from which a moving image may be 23[***] and includes a sound recording accompanying such visual recording and "cinematograph" shall be construed as including any work produced by any process analogous to cinematography including video films;]

24*[(fa) "Commercial rental" does not include the rental, lease or lending of a lawfully acquired copy of a computer programme, sound recording, visual recording or cinema to graph film for non-profit purposes by a non-profit library or non-profit educational institution.';

Explanation.-For the purposes of this clause, a "non-profit library or non-profit educational institution" means a library or educational institution which receives grants from the Government or exempted from payment of tax under the Income-tax Act, 1961.(43 of 1961)]

25*[(ff) "Communication to the public" means making any work or performance available for being seen or heard or otherwise enjoyed by the public directly or by any means of display or diffusion other than by issuing physical copies of it, whether simultaneously or at places and times chosen individually, regardless of whether any member of the public actually sees, hears or otherwise enjoys the work or performance so made available.

Explanation.-For the purposes of this clause, communication through satellite or cable or any other means of simultaneous communication to more than one household or place of residence including residential rooms of any hotel or hostel shall be deemed to be communication to the public;]

(ffa) "Composer", in relation to a musical work, means the person who composes the music regardless of whether he records it in any form of graphical notation;

(ffb) "Computer" includes any electronic or similar device having information processing capabilities;

(ffc) "Computer programe" means a set of instructions expressed in words, codes, schemes or in any other form, including a machine readable medium, capable of causing a computer to perform a particular task or achieve a particular result;

(ffd) "Copyright society" means a society registered under sub-section (3) of section 33;]

(g) "Delivery", in relation to a lecture, includes delivery by means of any mechanical instrument or by 9*[broadcast];

(h) "Dramatic work" includes any piece of recitation, choreographic work or entertainment in dumb show, the scenic arrangement or acting, form of which is fixed in writing or otherwise but docs not include a cinematograph film;

10*[(hh) "Duplicating equipment" means any mechanical contrivance or device used or intended to he used for making copies of any work;]

(i) "Engravings" include etchings, lithographs, wood-cuts, prints and other similar works, not being photographs;

(j) "Exclusive licence" means a licence which confers on the licensee or on the licensee and persons authorized by him, to the exclusion of all other persons (including the owner of the copyright) any right comprised in the copyright in a work, and "exclusive licensee" shall be construed accordingly;

(k) "Government work" means a work which is made or published by or under the direction or control of-

(i) The Government or any department of the Government;

(ii) Any Legislature in India;

(iii) Any Court, Tribunal or other judicial authority in India;

11*[(l) "Indian work" means a literary, dramatic or musical work,-

(i) The author of which is a citizen of India; or

(ii) Which is first published in India; or

(iii) The author of which, in the case of an unpublished work is, at the time of the making of the work, a citizen of India;]

12*[(m) "Infringing copy" means,-

(i) In relation to a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, a reproduction thereof otherwise than in the form of a cinematographic film;

(ii) In relation to a cinematographic film, a copy of the film made on any medium by any means;

(iii) In relation to a sound recording, any other recording embodying the same sound recording, made by any means;

(iv) In relation to a programe or performance in which such a broadcast reproduction right or a performer's right subsists under the provisions of this Act, the sound recording or a cinematographic film of such programe or performance, if such reproduction, copy or sound recording is made or imported in contravention of the provisions of this Act;]

(n) "Lecture" includes address, speech and sermon;

13*[(o) "Literary work" includes computer programes, (abies and compilations including computer14[databases);]

13*[(p) "Musical work" means a work consisting of music and includes any graphical notation of such work but does not include any words or any action intended to be sung, spoken or performed with the music;]

13*[(q) "Performance", in relation to performer's right, means any visual or acoustic presentation made live by one or more performers;]

13*[(qq) "Performer" includes an actor, singer, musician, dancer, acrobat, juggler, conjurer, snake charmer, a person delivering a lecture or any other person who makes a performance;]

24*[Provided that in a cinematograph film a person whose performance is casual or incidental in nature and, in the normal course of the practice of the industry, is not acknowledged anywhere including in the credits of the film shall not be treated as a performer except for the purpose of clause (b) of section 38B;]
15[***]

(s) "Photograph" includes photo-lithograph and any work produced by any process analogous to photography but does not include any part of a cinema to graph film;

(t) "Plate" includes any stereotype or other plate, stone, block, mould, matrix, transfer, negative16*[duplicating equipment] or other device used or intended to be used for printing or reproducing copies of any work, and any matrix or other appliance by which 17*[sound recording] for the acoustic presentation of the work are or are intended to be made;

(u) "Prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

18*[(uu) ''Producer", in relation to a cinematograph film or sound recording, means a person who lakes the initiative and responsibility for making the work;]

(v) 19[***]

(w) 20[***]

21[(x) "Reprography" means the making of copies of a work, by photocopying or similar means;

24*[(xa) "Rights Management Information" means,-

(a) The title or other information identifying the work or performance;

(b) The name of the author or performer;

(c) The name and address of the owner of rights;

(d) Terms and conditions regarding the use of the rights; and

(e) Any number or code that represents the information referred to in sub-clauses (a) to (d),but does not include any device or procedure intended to identify the user;]

(xx) "Sound recording" means a recording of sounds from which such sounds may be produced regardless of the medium on which such recording is the method by which the sounds are produced;]

24*[(xxa) "Visual recording" means the recording in any medium, by any method including the storing of it by any electronic means, of moving images or of the representations thereof, from which they can be perceived, reproduced or communicated by any method;]

(y) "Work" means any of the following works, namely:-

(i) A literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work;

(ii) A cinema to graph film;

(iii) A 22*[sound recording];

(z) "Work of joint authorship" means a work produced by the collaboration of two or more authors in which the contribution of one author is not distinct from the contribution of the other author or authors;

(za) "Work of sculpture" includes casts and models.

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1. The word "and" omitted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2 w.e.f. 10-5-1995

2. Inserted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2 w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

3. Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2 for "architectural work of artEw.e.f. 10-5-1995.

4. Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2, for "architectural work of artEw.e.f. 10-5-1995.

5. Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2, for sub-clauses (v) and (vi) w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

6. Inserted by Act 23 of 1983, sec. 3 w.e.f. 9-8-1984.
7. Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2, for clause (f) w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

8. Inserted by Act 23 of 1983, sec. 3 w.e.f. 9-8-1984 and Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2 w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

9. Substituted by Act 23 of 1983, sec. 2, for "radio-diffusion w.e.f. 9-8-1984.

10. Inserted by Act 65 of 1984 sec. 2 w.e.f. 8-10-1984.

11. Substituted by Act 23 of 1983, sec. 3, for clause (1) w.e.f. 9-8-1984.

12. Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2, for clause (m) w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

13. Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2 w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

14. Substituted by Act 49 of 1999, sec. 2, for "data basis w.e.f. 15-1-2000.

15. Clause (r ) omitted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2 w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

16. Inserted by Act 65 of 1984, sec. 2 w.e.f. 8-10-1984.

17. Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2 (xii), for "record w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

18. Inserted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2 w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

19. Clause (v) omitted by Act 23 of 1983, sec. 3 w.e.f. 9-8-1984.

20. Clause (w) omitted by Act 38 of 1983, sec. 2 w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

21. Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2, for clause (x) w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

22. Substituted by Act 38 of 1994, sec. 2 for "record w.e.f. 10-5-1995.

23. Omitted by the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 (Act No. 27 of 2012) w.e.f. 21.06.2012 for the following : - "on any medium" and "produced by any means"

24. Inserted by the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 (Act No. 27 of 2012) w.e.f. 21.06.2012.

25. Substituted by the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 (Act No. 27 of 2012) w.e.f. 21.06.2012 for the following : -

"8[(ff) "communication to the public" means making any work available for being seen or heard or otherwise enjoyed by the public directly or by any means of display or diffusion other than by issuing copies of such work regardless of whether any member of the public actually sees, hears or otherwise enjoys the work so made available.

Explanation.-For the purposes of this clause, communication through satellite or cable or any other means of simultaneous communication to more than one household or place of residence including residential rooms of any hotel or hostel shall be deemed to be communication to the public;"

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