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Copyright Act, 1957 Complete Act - Bare Act

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Act Info:
Preamble1 - The Copyright Act, 1957
Chapter I
Section1 - Short title, extent and commencement
Section2 - Interpretation
Section3 - Meaning of publication
Section4 - When work not deemed to be published or performed in public
Section5 - When work deemed to be first published in India
Section6 - Certain disputes to be decided by Copyright Board
Section7 - Nationality of author where the making of unpublished work is extended over considerable period
Section8 - Domicile of corporations
Chapter II
Section9 - Copyright Office
Section10 - Registrar and Deputy Registrars of Copyrights
Section11 - Copyright Board
Section12 - Powers and procedure of Copyright Board
Chapter III
Section13 - Works in which copyright subsists
Section14 - Meaning of Copyright
Section15 - Special provision regarding copyright in designs registered or capable of being registered under the Designs Act, 1911
Section16 - No copyright except as provided in this Act
Chapter IV
Section17 - First owner of copyright
Section18 - Assignment of copyright
Section19 - Mode of assignment
Section19A - Disputes with respect to assignment of copyright
Section20 - Transmission of copyright in manuscript by testamentary disposition
Section21 - Right of author to relinquish copyright
Chapter V
Section22 - Term of copyright in published literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works
Section23 - Term of copyright in anonymous and pseudonymous works
Section24 - Term of copyright in posthumous work
Section25 - Term of copyright in photographs
Section26 - Term of copyright in cinematograph films
Section27 - Term of copyright in sound recording
Section28 - Term of copyright in Government works
Section28A - Term of copyright in works of public undertakings
Section29 - Term of copyright in works of international organisations
Chapter VI
Section30 - Licences by owners of copyright
Section30A - Application of sections 19 and 19A
Section31 - Compulsory licence in works withheld from public
Section31A - Compulsory licence in unpublished Indian works
Section32 - Licence to produce and publish translations
Section32A - Licence to reproduce and publish works for certain purposes
Section32B - Termination of licences issued under this Chapter
Section33 - Registration of copyright society
Section34 - Administration of rights of owner by copyright society
Section34A - Payment of remunerations by copyright society
Section35 - Control over the copyright society by the owner of rights
Section36 - Submission of returns and reports
Section36A - Rights and liabilities of performing rights societies
Section37 - Broadcast reproduction right
Section38 - Performer's right
Section39 - Acts not infringing broadcast reproduction right or performer's right
Section39A - Other provisions applying to broadcast reproduction right and performer's right
Chapter IX
Section40 - Power to extend copyright to foreign works
Section40A - Power of Central Government to apply Chapter VIII to broadcasting organisations and performers in certain other countries
Section41 - Provisions as to works of certain international organisations
Section42 - Power to restrict rights in works of foreign authors first published in India
Section42A - Power to restrict rights of foreign broadcasting organisations and performers
Section43 - Orders under this Chapter to be laid before Parliament
Chapter X
Section44 - Register of Copyrights
Section45 - Entries in register of Copyrights
Section46 - Indexes
Section47 - Form and inspection of register
Section48 - Register of Copyrights to be prima facie evidence of particulars entered therein
Section49 - Correction of entries in the Register of Copyrights
Section50 - Rectification of Register by Copyright Board
Section50A - Entries in the Register of Copyrights, etc., to be published
Chapter XI
Section51 - When copyright infringed
Section52 - Certain acts not to be infringement of copyright
Section52A - Particulars to be included in sound recording and video films
Section52B - Accounts and audit
Section53 - Importation of infringing copies
Section53A - Resale share right in original copies
Chapter XII
Section54 - Definition
Section55 - Civil remedies for infringement of copyright
Section56 - Protection of separate rights
Section57 - Author's special right
Section58 - Rights of owner against persons possessing or dealing with infringing copies
Section59 - Restriction on remedies in the case of works of architecture
Section60 - Remedy in the case of groundless threat of legal proceedings
Section61 - Owners of copyright to be party to the proceeding
Section62 - Jurisdiction of court over matters arising under this Chapter
Chapter XIII
Section63 - Offence of infringement of copyright or other rights conferred by this Act
Section63A - Enhanced penalty on second and subsequent convictions
Section63B - Knowing use of infringing copy of computer programme to be an offence
Section64 - Power of police to seize infringing copies
Section65 - Possession of plates for purpose of making infringing copies
Section66 - Disposal of infringing copies or plates for purpose of making infringing copies
Section67 - Penalty for making false entries in register, etc., for producing or tendering false entries
Section68 - Penalty for making false statements for the purpose of deceiving or influencing any authority or officer
Section68A - Penalty for contravention of section 52A
Section69 - Offences by companies
Section70 - Cognizance of offences
Chapter XIV
Section71 - Appeals against certain order of Magistrate
Section72 - Appeals against orders of Registrar of Copyrights and Copyright Board
Section73 - Procedure for appeals
Section74 - Registrar of Copyrights and Copyright Board to possess certain powers of civil courts
Section75 - Orders for payment of money passed by Registrar of Copyrights and Copyright Board to be executable as a decree
Section76 - Protection of action taken in good faith
Section77 - Certain persons to be public servants
Section78 - Power to make rules
Section79 - Repeals, savings, and transitional provisions

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