Art and Indian Copyright Law: A Statutory Reading

178 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2015 Last revised: 27 Jul 2017

Date Written: February 17, 2015


This work examines how the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, as amended in 2012, interacts with art (other than films and sound recordings), and, in particular, with Indian art. The first part of this text comprises a feminist and post-colonial reading of the Indian copyright statute while later parts focus on interpreting the provisions of the statute in relation to art.

Keywords: art, copyright, India, paintings, sculptures, appropriation, adaptation, photography

JEL Classification: K39, O34

Suggested Citation

Saikia, Nandita, Art and Indian Copyright Law: A Statutory Reading (February 17, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

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