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Copyright Act, 1957

38. Performers right

(1) Where any performer appears or engages in any performance, he shall have a special right to be known as the "performers right" in relation to such performance.

(2) The performers right shall subsist until twenty-five years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the performance is made.

(3) During the continuance of performers right in relation to any performance, any person who, without the consent of the performer, does any of the following acts in respect of the performance or any substantial part thereof, namely;-

a. makes a sound recording or visual recording of the performance, or

b. reproduces a sound recording or visual recording of the performance, which sound recording or visual recording was-

a. made without the performers consent, or

i. made for purposes different from those for which the performer gave his consent, or

ii. made for purposes different from those referred to in Section 39 from a sound recording or visual recording which was made in accordance with Section 39, or

1. broadcasts the performance except where the broadcast is made from a sound recording or visual recording other than one made in accordance with Section 39, or is a rebroadcast by the same broadcasting organization of an earlier broadcast which did not infringe the performers right, or

2. communicates the performance to the public otherwise than by broadcast, except where such communication to the public is made from a sound recording or visual recording or a broadcast.

Shall, subject to the provisions of section 39, be deemed to have infringed the performers right.

(4) Once a performer has consented to the incorporation of his performance in a cinematograph film, the provision of sub sections (1), (2) and (3) shall have no further application to such performance.]



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