Anti-Piracy Policies and Laws
This article was written because of widespread concerns about copyrighted content being copied from unauthorized sources and downloaded.
Some websites offer content that is free to be copied or duplicated, which means you can download and share the works without restriction.
However, most websites are protected by copyright. Unauthorized downloading/ duplication of such content is considered copyright violation.
First, every human has a moral responsibility to respect content created by others. They should consider it and feel what it is like to have it happen with any content they create.
This not only demotivates creativity in society, but also has long-term consequences for everyone, even the violators.
The third is the severe legal consequences that go along with it.
Can I be fined or jailed for downloading or duplicate copyrighted content
Yes, if the court can prove that you knowingly infringed or helped someone else infringe copyright rights by downloading or duplicate it. Because most copyrighted content has a watermark or notice, the court will assume you knew about the infringement.
The law provides that the penalty for the first offense is six months to three years in jail with a fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 200,000. The person who holds the copyright to the movie would usually only try to block downloads (via take-down notices and court orders).
The law provides that the punishment for repeating the same act after being punished once is greater.
If you are convicted of this offense more than once, your sentence could be between one and three years in jail and a fine of Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000.
If the court is convinced that your infringement wasn’t commercial, you could receive a shorter sentence or a fine (for personal use and not to rent or sell out).
The law doesn’t require that the police give you notice or a warning prior to filing a complaint or taking action. Any sub-inspector, or higher-ranking police officer, can seize all unauthorized copies and any apparatus used to make them. This usually involves the seizure the computer where the infringing copy is located.
The officer does not need to get a warrant or permission from the court before executing the seizure. He can also seize property even if it is suspected of being used in an infringement case.
India is subject to the 1957 Copyright Act. India is experiencing a content boom. There are many media platforms that people can access a wide range of content. The demand for diverse content in many mediums will continue to grow as more people get online. This is great news for consumers, but it also means that the law must keep up with the pace. Although there are great opportunities for expanding access to content through the internet and content distribution, criminalizing such access is possible if it is not supported by the law.
This boom requires that the law be adapted to ensure that content can be accessed easily, affordably, and legally.