The rights and wrongs of copyright societies

By Sana Jaffri, Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

The purpose of copyright is to protect artists by enabling them to reap the rewards of their literary, dramatic, musical or other creations. By providing creators or authors of artistic works with the exclusive right to commercially exploit the work for a fixed period, copyright aims to supply the necessary impetus and incentive for artists to continue making original works.

Sana Jaffri Associate Lall Lahiri & Salhotra
Sana Jaffri
Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

Managing copyright – especially copyright in commercially exploited literary, dramatic, musical or cinematographic work – is an arduous task. The range of possible uses that may amount to copyright infringement is very broad and difficult to monitor.

Accordingly, copyright societies registered under section 33 of the Copyright Act, 1957, are authorized to aid artists in managing and enforcing copyright. Copyright societies are repositories of certain rights in copyright protected works. They are entrusted by authors with the right and authority to undertake proper management and rightful exploitation of the works, ensuring due returns and stringently enforcing authors’ rights.

Societies’ roles

With their national reach and depth of resources, copyright societies can solve the management, protection and enforcement problems facing individual rights owners. Copyright societies also provide artists with a means of making their works commercially available.

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Shubneet Panjete is an associate at Lall Lahiri & Salhotra.


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