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THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957

Title : THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957

Year : 1957



(1) The author of a work may relinquish all or any of the rights comprised in the copyright in the work by giving notice in the prescribed form to 1*[the Registrar of Copyrights or by way of public notice] and thereupon such rights shall, subject to the provisions of sub-section (3), cease to exist from the date of the notice.

(2) On receipt of a notice under sub-section (1), the Registrar of Copyrights shall cause it to be published in the Official Gazette and in such other manner as he may deem fit.

2*[(2A) The Registrar of Copyrights shall, within fourteen days from the publication of the notice in the Official Gazette, post the notice on the official website of the Copyright Office so as to remain in the public domain for a period of not less than three years.]

(3) The relinquishment of all or any of the rights comprised in the copyright in a work shall not affect any rights subsisting in favour of any person on the date of the no lice referred to in sub-section (1).
 
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1. Substituted by the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 (Act No. 27 of 2012) w.e.f. 21.06.2012 for the following : - "the Registrar of Copyrights"

2. Inserted by the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 (Act No. 27 of 2012) w.e.f. 21.06.2012.
 
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Except as otherwise hereinafter provided, copyright shall subsist in any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work 2[***] published within the lifetime of the author until 1*[sixty years] from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the author dies.

Explanation.-In this section the reference to the author shall, in the case of a work of joint authorship, be construed as a reference to the author who dies last.

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1. Substituted by Act 13 of 1992, sec. 2, for "fifty years" w.r.e.f. 28-12-1991.

2. Omitted by the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 (Act No. 27 of 2012) w.e.f. 21.06.2012 for the following : -"(other than a photograph)"
 
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