Thursday, November 26, 2009

Indian Copyright Act Is Due For Amendments

The ministry of human resource development is amending the Copyright Act so that artists such as playback singers, lyricists and film directors can earn royalty each time their product is used in any media. The Bill is almost ready and would be placed before the cabinet in two weeks’ time and would be tabled in Parliament in the winter session, a ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The government has gained the Opposition’s support for the Bill. I am of the view that none should have an opinion against such a change in the Copyright Act which would benefit the artists, said Arun Jaitley, leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha. But I have also received letters from the media houses who seem to be against any such move.