Creative Commons: Impact on Indian Copyright Law

93 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2012

Date Written: May 12, 2011


The application of Creative Commons is already under-way with major user generated content management websites. These websites, accessible under jurisdiction of Indian copyright act, are bound to create grey areas in the law. Globally, furthermore, artists and authors of literary works have already started applying creative commons and like licenses to their works. It is feared that there might sometime soon arise a dispute which may lead to precedents or policy decisions adverse to the development of Creative Commons and like licenses.

The dissertation analyses data from industry and jurists and makes an effort to interpret their understanding of the concept of such licenses, and then recommends an ideal perspective that may mold jurisprudence amalgamating the creative commons and like licenses and the copyright laws, Indian and Internationally, as existent. Various suggestions and recommendations have also been put forth in tune with the factors required for growth of open source licenses in India.

Keywords: creative commons, Indian copyright act, information technology laws, IPR India, relevancy to Indian scenario, developing economy, digital rights management, India, creative content, semi commons

Suggested Citation

Kapur, Pranavakshar, Creative Commons: Impact on Indian Copyright Law (May 12, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Pranavakshar Kapur (Contact Author)

Amity Law School ( email )

Sector 125 NOIDA
New Delhi, ND 110058

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