Posted by: Techtalk | April 20, 2010

Digital Issues Of Indian Copyright Act 1957 Amendments

India is in the process of amending its copyright law in tune with international standards in internet and digital technology. The amended law would provide for stringent punishment of up to two years imprisonment for violation of “Digital Issues”. A Bill to amend the Indian Copyright Act 1957 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

In order to extend protection of copyright material in India over digital networks such as internet and other computer networks related to literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films and sound recordings, the existing Act is being amended to harmonise it with global treaties, he said.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Internet Treaty and WIPO Performances of Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) have set the international standards in digital technologies, he said.

However, there are some other crucial issues as well that need to be addressed by India. According to Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law and one of the leading techno-legal IPR firms of India, India needs to take into consideration many digital issues that are fast emerging in the contemporary cyberspace. These include issues like digital preservation, digital millennium copyright act (DMCA), IPR issues in cyberspace, etc, says Dalal.

Techno-legal issues have assumed tremendous importance these days. However, they are not only difficult to manage but also require domain specific expertise. The HRD minister must be congratulated for taking a good step in the right direction.



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