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.

21 May 2012

The Copyright Bill / Act 2012

An overview of the impact of the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, on the Copyright Act, 1957, is available here.

Here's what the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, would (probably) look like with the amendments contained in the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2012:

The 2012 Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha (i.e. the Upper House of the Indian Parliament) on May 17, 2012, and by the Lok Sabha on May 22, 2012. A copy of the Bill which was passed has been made available here: and the notification relating to the 2012 amendments is available here:

Other documents which contain raw data relating to India's proposed copyright amendments may be accessed here:

Updated on May 22, 2012 and June 13, 2012.
(This post is by Nandita Saikia and was first published at Indian Copyright.)


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