The Copyright Rules, 20131

In exercise of power conferred by section 78 of the Copyright Act, 1957, and in supersession of the Copyright Rules, 1958, except as respect things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, the Central Government hereby makes the following Rules, namely:—


1. Short title, extent and commencement.—(1) These rules may be called the Copyright Rules, 2013.

(2) They shall come into force on the date2 of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. Interpretations.—In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,—

(a) “Act” means the Copyright Act, 1957 (14 of 1957);

(b) “Board” means 3[the Appellate Board as provided in] section 11;

(c) “copyright business” means the business of issuing or granting licence in respect of a right or set of rights in specific act in respect of a work or any substantial part thereof referred to in section 14 and includes the functions referred to in sub-section (3) of section 34;

(d) “Form” means a form set out in the First Schedule;

4[(da) “Journal” means the Copyright Journal, made available at the official website of the Copyright Office];

(e) “Schedule” means Schedule to these rules; and

(f) “Section” means a section of the Act.

(2) Words and expression used herein but not defined and defined in the Copyright Act, 1957, shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act.


1G.S.R 172(E), dated 14th March, 2013, published in the Gazette of India: Extraordinary, Part II, Sec3(i).
2Came into force on 14-3-2013
3Subs. by G.S.R. 225(E), dated 30th March, 2021, for “a copyright board as defined in sub-section (1) of” (w.e.f. 30-03-2021).
4Ins. by G.S.R. 225(E), dated 30th March, 2021 (w.e.f. 30-03-2021).

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