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Period of Protection of Copyright Granted in India

Period of Protection of Copyright Granted in India

The Period of copyright protection in India depends upon the kinds of work sought to be protected. Normally, copyright subsists in any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work published for the lifetime of the author plus sixty years after the death of the author.

  • Period of copyright protection in anonymous (unknown author) and pseudonymous (false name) work:

In case a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work published anonymously or pseudonymously, or copyright shall subsist only for period of 60 years from the calendar year in which it is first published.

But, if the identity of the author is disclosed before the expiry of the said period, then it shall subsist until sixty years from the calendar year following the year of death of the author.

  • Period of copyright Protection in cinematograph films:

Period of 60 years from the beginning of the calendar year next to the year in which the film is published.

  • Period of copyright Protection in sound recoding:

Period of 60 years from the beginning of the calendar year next to the year in which the film is published.

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