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Introduction

The Copyright Act, 1957 came into effect from January 1958. This Act has been amended five times since then, i.e., in 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1999 and 2012. The Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 is the most substantial. The main reasons for amendments to the Copyright Act, 1957 include to bring the Act in conformity with WCT and WPPT; to protect the Music and Film Industry and address its concerns; to address the concerns of the physically disabled and to protect the interests of the author of any work; Incidental changes; to remove operational facilities; and enforcement of rights. Some of the important amendments to the Copyright Act in 2012 are extension of copyright protection in the digital environment such as penalties for circumvention of technological protection measures and rights management information, and liability of internet service provider and introduction of statutory licences for cover versions and broadcasting organizations; ensuring right to receive royalties for authors, and music composers, exclusive economic and moral rights to performers, equal membership rights in copyright societies for authors and other right owners and exception of copyrights for physically disabled to access any works.

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Copyright Office

Section 9 of the Copyright Act requires for establishment of an office to be called the Copyright Office for the purpose of the Act. The Copyright Office is to be under the immediate control of a Registrar of Copyrights to be appointed by the Central Government, who would act under the superintendence and directions of the Central Government. The Copyright Office is currently located at the following address:

4th Floor, Jeevan Deep Building
Parliament Street
New Delhi - 110001
Telephone No. : +91-11-23362436
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  • Addenda for Repair and Renovation of Civil & Electrical Works for ‘Copyright Board & Copyright Office (CRB&CRO)’ at August Kranti Bhawan, Bhikaji Kama Place, New Delhi
  • Bid Document for Repair and Renovation of Civil & Electrical Works for ‘Copyright Board & Copyright Office (CRB&CRO)’ at August Kranti Bhawan, Bhikaji Kama Place, New Delhi
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