[This post has been authored by our reporters – Harsh Jain and Harshita Lilani. They discuss the controversies surrounding Copyright law in India and highlight the recommendations sent by the Technology Law Forum to the Registrar of Copyrights.]
The last amendment to the Indian Copyright Act was made in the year 2012 and therefore, the news that a reform process had begun was a welcome development. However, the fact that the process began with ‘private consultations’ has raised many concerns. The impact of any Copyright Law reform would be far-reaching and, therefore, must involve all stakeholders – authors, industry players, academicians, students, and more. This also means that the reforms must be forward-looking – to be able to anticipate and adapt to changing times.