The Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India, has notified the Copyright Rules, 2013 on 14th March, 2013. The highlights of Copyright Rules, 2013 are as below:
- Importation of infringing copies and technological protection measures.
- Registration of Copyright Societies and Performer’s Right Societies;
- Storage of transient or incidental copies of woks;
- Making or adapting the work by organisations working for the benefit of persons with disabilities;
- Compulsory licences for works withheld from public, unpublished and published works, for benefit of disabled;
- Statutory licence for cover versions and broadcasting of literary and musical works and sound recording;
Apart from the above mentioned changes the fees structure of the Copyright has also comprehensively amended, for example minimum fee for licences has been raised to Rs 2000 from Rs 200, and maximum has been raised to Rs 40,000 from Rs. 400. For registration of copyright, the minimum fee has been raised to Rs 500 from Rs 50 and, the maximum fee has been raised to Rs. 5000 from Rs. 600. The new fee structure provided under the Second Schedule to the Rules is applicable from 14th March 2013. The draft rules were posted on the website seeking comments from all stakeholders and experts. The Ministry also held a meeting with various stakeholders and copyright experts on October 8, 2012 to seek their suggestions on the draft rules.