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India: Copyright Office extends Period of Limitation

June 1, 2020

In order to curb the community spread of the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a nationwide lockdown order on March 24, 2020. Subsequently, various Courts and Tribunal across India, in light of the unprecedented times of global pandemic has taken initiatives to extend the timelines and statutory deadlines falling within the period of lockdown.

As per the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order dated March 23, 2020 the period of limitation in all proceedings stood extended with effect from March 15, 2020 until further issuance of notice (Read here).

Period of Limitation extended for additional 15 days from date of termination of lockdown

In view of the aforesaid, the Copyright Office issued a public notice dated May 22, 2020[1], wherein the Hon’ble Registrar of Copyrights, Hoshiar Singh extended the period of limitation for an additional 15 days from the date of termination of lockdown, in respect of matters wherein the due date stood from March 15, 2020 as per the Copyright Act, 1957 and the Copyright Rules, 2013.

The notification on extended period from Copyright Office comes as a respite for litigants all around and in mandate with the Supreme Court’s precedent as per Article 141 of the Constitution.  It would be relevant to mention here that according to the notification, the right of applicants seeking extension of time/ condonation of delay under statutory provisions will remain unaffected.

[1] http://copyright.gov.in/Documents/PublicNotice40.pdf

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