Offence of infringement of copyright or other rights conferred by Indian Copyright Act

Any person who knowingly infringes or abets the infringement of;

  1. The copyright in a work, or
  2. Any other right conferred by Indian Copyright Act, except the right conferred by section 53A (Resale share right in original copies);

Shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to three years and with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to two lakh rupees:

Provided that where the infringement has not been made for gain in the course of trade or business the court may, for adequate and special reasons to be mentioned in the judgment, impose a sentence of imprisonment for a term of less than six months or a fine of less than fifty thousand rupees.

Explanation: Construction of a building or other structure which infringes or which, if completed, would infringe the copyright in some other work shall not be an offense under this section.

Cognizance of offenses: No court inferior to that of a Metropolitan Magistrate or a Judicial Magistrate of the first class shall try any offense under Indian Copyright Act.


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