Indian Copyright law is presently at parity with the
international standards as contained in TRIPS. The Copyright Act,
1957 after the amendments in the year 1999 fully reflects the Berne
Convention on Copyrights and the Universal Copyrights Convention,
to which India is a party. India is also party to the Geneva
Convention for the Protection of Rights of Producers of Phonograms
and is an active member of the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) and UNESCO. The works of such foreign country
are thus protected in India under Section 40 of the Copyright Act
1957, read in conjunction with the International Copyright Order
Under the (Indian) Copyright Act, 1957 works of foreign
authors/owners are accorded the same protection in India to which
the Indian citizens are entitled under the Act.
In order to keep pace with the global requirement of
harmonization, the Copyrights Act, 1957, has ushered in farreaching
changes and brought the copyright law in the country in line with
the developments in the IT industry, whether it is in the field of
satellite broadcasting or computer software or digital technology.
The amended law has made provisions to protect performer's
rights as envisaged in the Rome Convention.
The government is also taking initiative to combat piracy in the
software industry, motion pictures and the music industry along
with players in the industry through their associations and
organizations like NASSCOM (National Association of Software and
Service Companies), NIAPC (National Initiative Against Piracy and
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This article enunciates the recent, much awaited, and landmark judgment delivered on September 16, 2016 by Hon'ble Delhi High Court throwing light on the important provisions of the Copyright Act, 1962.
The Patents Act 1970, along with the Patents Rules 1972, came into force on 20th April 1972, replacing the Indian Patents and Designs Act 1911. The Patents Act was largely based on the recommendations of the Ayyangar Committee Report headed by Justice N. Rajagopala Ayyangar. One of the recommendations was the allowance of only process patents with regard to inventions relating to drugs, medicines, food and chemicals.
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