May 5, 2016

Copyright Licensing

The main benefit of copyright ownership is the capability of transferring some or all of the rights to third parties. These transfers can be for the entire rights of a work (referred to as an outright assignment), or for a limited portion of the rights allowed by the Copyright Act. This is defined as the copyright license.

Indian copyright law is based on the Berne Convention and includes some provisions for obligatory licensing of copyrights with regards to certain works that are withheld from the public. The Copyright Board is a statutory body established under the Indian Copyright Act and has the authority to handle complaints on such matter. The reasons for the provision are to avert the misuse of monopolies granted by copyrights, and to make a balance between individual rights and public awareness. The Copyright Board has the authority to arbitrate disputes concerning the issue of compulsory licenses in copyrighted works.

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