On March 28, 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization has notified a declaration referring to the deposit by India, on October 7, 1974, of its instrument of ratification on the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of September 9, 1886, as revised at Paris on July 24, 1971
India has availed itself of the faculties provided for the Article II and III of the Appendix to the Berne Convention during the 10 years period that will expire, on October 10, 2024. The said declaration shall enter into force, with respect to the territory of the Republic of India, on March 28, 2018.
What are the provisions of Article II?
The Article II of the Appendix would enable India to substitute for the exclusive right of translation of a work, which has been published in printed or analogous forms of reproduction, granted by the competent authority, only for the purpose of teaching, scholarship or research.
What are the provisions of Article III?
The Article III of the Appendix would enable India to Substitute for the exclusive right of reproduction of a work, which has been published either in printed or analogous forms of reproduction, or in audio-visual form of lawfully made audio-visual fixations, to publish an edition which has not been distributed / on sale for a period of six months, except when either the translations is not published by the owner of the right of translation or with his authorization, or when the translation is not in a language general in use in India.
Continuation of existing position
India has been the Member of Berne Convention since 28th April, 1928 and has been submitting the declaration as per Article II & III of the Appendix from time to time. The present notification is in continuation of India’s earlier positon.
(Adapted from PIB)