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No. 14 of 1957

[4th June, 1957]

An Act to amend and consolidate the law relating to copyright.

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows:—



1. (1) This Act may be called the Copyright Act, 1957.Short title, extent and commencement.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall come into force on such[1] date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—Interpretation.

(a) "adaptation" means,—
(i) in relation to a dramatic work, the conversion of the work into a non-dramatic work;
(ii) in relation to a literary work or an artistic work, the conversion of the work into a dramatic work by way of performance in public or otherwise;
(iii) in relation to a literary or dramatic work, any abridgement of the work or any version of the work in which the story or action is conveyed wholly or mainly by means of pictures in a form suitable for reproduction in a book, or in a newspaper, magazine or similar periodical; and

  1. 21st January, 1958, vide notification No. 269 dated 21-1-58 Gazette of India, Extraordinary Part II Section 3 page 167.