NEW DELHI: The Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012 passed by Parliament
has come into effect declaring authors as owners of the copyright,
which cannot be assigned to the producers as was the practice
Act has been published in the official gazette.
It will now become mandatory for broadcasters - both radio
and television - to pay royalty to the owners of the copyright
each time a work of art is broadcast. It bans people from
bringing out cover versions of any literary, dramatic or musical
work for five years from the first recording of the original
law also seeks to remove operational difficulties and address
newer issues related to the digital world.
amendments to the Copyright Act 1958 aim at according unassignable
rights to 'creative artists' such as lyricists, playback singers,
music directors, film directors and dialogue writers who will
be paid royalty every time the movie they have worked in is
aired on a television channel.
statutory licence is an exception under Copyright Act. It
puts limits on the basic principle of the Copyright law that
authors and creators should have the exclusive right to control
the dissemination of their work. Under statutory licensing,
the royalty or remuneration for the author or creator is specified
by law or such set negotiation.