Monday, January 4, 2010

Cabinet has approved amendment in Copyright Act

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to introduce a legislation to amend the Copyright Act, 1957 on Dec 24, 2009. The draft is expected to be tabled in parliament during the Budget session.

These amendment will bring the act in conformity with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Internet Treaties, namely WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) which have set the international standards in these sphere.

Amendment has been proposed to for (a) Enhancing the existing performers' rights by introducing a new section to provide exclusive rights compatible with WPPT. (b) The moral rights of performers to be introduced (c) protect the interests of researchers, students and educational institutions so as to ensure that technological measures do not act as a barrier for further development of the technology. (d) period of copyright for photographers "life plus 60 years", instead of only 60 years as at present .(e) In the case of music and films, statutory license for version recordings and authorship will ensure that while making a sound recording of any literary, dramatic or musical work, the interest of the copyright holder is duly protected. (f) Extend the term of copyright for cinematograph films by making the producers and principal director joint authors.

Fact: A singer and lyricist Swanand Kirkire, who sung the famous song Bawra mann dekhne chala ek sapna from Hazaroon Khawashein Aisi didn’t earn a single paisa from it.

This year the company which declared itself the largest music seller in terms of revenue was not HMV, Saregama or T-series but Airtel

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