Art and Indian Copyright Law: A Statutory Reading

A look at how the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, as amended in 2012, interacts with art (other than films and sound recordings), and, in particular, with Indian art. The first part of this text comprises a feminist and post-colonial reading of the Indian copyright statute while later parts focus on interpreting the provisions of the statute in relation to art.

1 September 2011

Raw Data Relating to the Proposed Indian Copyright Amendment

Firstly, although it's not raw data, here's a summary of the salient features of the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012.

The Basic Official Documents
  1. The Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010 (;
  2. The Report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010 (here);
  3. The Revisions to the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010 made available in August 2011 (SpicyIP);
  4. The Copyright (Amendment) Bill passed by the Rajya Sabha on May 17, 2012, and the Lok Sabha on May 22, 2012 (here);
  5. The notification relating to the 2012 amendments which amounted to the publication of the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, in the Official Gazette (here);
  6. The notification which brought the 2012 amendments into force from June 21, 2012 (here);
  7. The notification of the Copyright Rules, 2013 (here).
Understanding the Proposed Amendment
  1. A mark-up of how the Copyright Act, 1957, would look if the 2010 Bill were passed (Pranesh Prakash, CIS);
  2. A comparison between the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010 and the August 2011 revisions to it (Nandita Saikia);
  3. A mark-up showing the impact of the 2011 revisions proposed to the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010 on some of the existing provisions of the Copyright Act, 1957 (Nandita Saikia);
  4. A mark-up showing how the Copyright Act, 1957, looks after the coming into force of the 2012 amendments (Nandita Saikia).


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