New Delhi: The much delayed Bill, providing for certain important amendments to the Copyright Act, was on Thursday approved by the Rajya Sabha to remove operational difficulties and address newer issues related to the digital world and internet.
The Copyright Amendment Bill, 2010, moved by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, also seeks to bring Indian laws originally enacted in 1957 in conformity with international norms and World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Replying to the debate, Sibal said a clause with a provision of giving royalty to the principal director of a film has been dropped in keeping with the suggestion of the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
"We wanted to actually give this right over royalty to principle director. He is perhaps principal creator. But there was a feeling expressed by Parliamentary Standing Committee that time is not ripe to give that right. So, we are dropping (it)," he said.
Initiating the discussion, Javed Akhtar (Nom) complained that companies have sway over songs and the writers and singers do not get much from the commercial success.
"Music company dictates terms to even noted musicians like A R Rahman and others," Akhtar, a noted lyricist, said.
Film actress and Samajwadi Party member Jaya Bachchan talked about widespread prevalence of piracy of songs and music and urged that the Bill should address the issue.
She stressed that everybody associated with creation of a song of film should be rewarded as these are "created collectively."
There are seven broad areas that are reflected in the bill. These include right of author and music composer, right to visually impaired, extending compulsory regime to unpublished work, imposition of punitive actions among others.