India Acting To Protect Whom? [7:00 pm]
James Grimmelmann posts India to Forbid Song Covers? over at LawMeme.
An amendment to the Indian Copyright Act has been proposed, and will likely be passed in Parliament in a couple of months, after sustained pressure and lobbying by the music industry in India. The effort has been led by Universal Music India (among others) with some prominent composers and musicians acting as the figureheads and personally lobbying important Cabinet ministers.
Currently, the Copyright Act, in S.52(1)(j) explicitly allows the making of cover versions of songs (called “version recordings” - the provision is actually broader than just cover versions and encompasses things like remixes and so on), two years after the original recording is released, on a compulsory licensing+royalty basis. However, the music industry wants to delete the entire section so that “version recordings” are banned completely (barring permission at the discretion of the copyright holder of course, and we know how likely that is).