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Adv.Shine Thomas (Advocate)     11 September 2008

Copyright Society

Please clarify the functions of a Copyright Society


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Gaurav Pandya (Advocate & Registered Trade Mark Attorney)     12 September 2008

 Mainly it works for Copy right Registration

Adv.Shine Thomas (Advocate)     12 September 2008



A copyright society is a registered collective administration society under Section
33 of the Copyright Act, 1957. Such a society is formed by copyright owners. The
minimum membership required for registration of a society is seven. Ordinarily,
only one society is registered to do business in respect of the same class of
work. A copyright society can issue or grant licences in respect of any work in
which copyright subsists or in respect of any other right given by the Copyright
Functions of a copyright society:
Conditions subject to which a copyright society may issue licences, collect fees and
distribute such fees.
(1) A copyright society may issue licences and collect fees in accordance with its
(2) The distribution of fees collected shall be subject to a deduction not
exceeding fifteen per cent of the collection on account of administrative expenses
incurred by the copyright society.

(from Adv. J.J. bisukarma, bombay, high court)

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