Friday, April 23, 2010

India introduces the first ever sensible Copyright Reform Bill

The Union government of India introduced the Copyright Amendment Bill, 2010, in the parliament on Monday with some major amendments over the Copyright Act, 1957 in place.

The Bill is going to have far-reaching implications for the music and film industry if it gets passed as it seeks to give independent rights to lyricists, composers and singers as the authors of literary and musical works in films.

But the pertinent details has been sniffed out by Boing Boing.

it declares private, personal copying to be “fair dealing” (like US fair use) and limits the prohibition on breaking DRM so that it’s only illegal to do so if you’re also violating copyright. That means that you can break the DRM on your iPad to move your books to your Kindle or vice-versa. It also makes it legal to make, distribute and sell tools to accomplish this.

So if your break DRM to backup your DVDs to your PC, or transfer songs from iPod to the Zune, they are cool. But if you copy DVDs to profit by selling them on the streets or violate copyright laws, that would be illegal. Sounds good enough. At least some body is thinking straight.

More on the Bill at Livemint


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