INDIAN COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957
CHAPTER I Preliminary [4th June, 1957] An Act to amend and consolidate the law relating to copyright. Be it enacted by Parliament in the Eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows: 1. Short title, extent and commencement. -(1) This Act may be called the Copyright Act, 1957. (2) It extends to the whole of India. (3) It shall come into force on such date2 as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint. 2. Interpretation. -In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,(a) "adaptation" means,(i) in relation to a dramatic work, the conversion of the work into a non-dramatic work; (ii) in relation to a literary work or an artistic work, the conversion of the work into a dramatic work by way of performance in public or otherwise; (iii) in relation to a literary or dramatic work, any abridgement of the work or any version of the work in which the story or action is conveyed wholly or mainly by means of pictures in a form suitable for reproduction in a book, or in a newspaper, magazine or similar periodical;3 (iv) in relation to a musical work, any arrangement or transcription of the work; 4 and (v) 5 in relation to any work, any use of such work involving its re-arrangement or alteration; (b) "work of architecture" means any building or structure having an artistic character or design, or any model for such building or structure; 6 (c) "artistic work" means(i) a painting, a sculpture, a drawing (including a diagram, map, chart or plan), an engraving or a photograph, whether or not any such work possesses artistic quality; (ii) work of architecture;7 and (iii) any other work of artistic craftsmanship; (d) "author' means,(i) in relation to a literary or dramatic work, the author of the work; (ii) in relation to a musical work, the composer; (iii) in relation to an artistic work other than a photograph, the artist; (iv) in relation to a photograph, the person taking the... [continues]
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