The Ineffectiveness of Copyright System to Respond Effectively to Digitalization and Possible Measures

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Ms. Akansha Yadav, Dr. Narendra Bahadur Singh


The expansion of digital technology, as well as the circulation of copyrighted information on the internet, has resulted in a significant shift in the pre-existing legal framework. Using copyrighted information without permission and illegally obtaining it, such as software, films, and songs, has grown into a huge problem in the digital world. To address these issues, a variety of technological as well as legal measures have been implemented, including the development of techniques such as encryption, digital signatures, and watermarks, as well as the drafting of various international treaties and agreements, such as the TRIPS Agreement, the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the World Intellectual Property Organization's Copyright Treaty (WCT), the World Intellectual Property Organization's Performance and Phonogram Treaty (WPPT), and others. As a result of the 2012 amendments to the Indian Copyright Act, it appears to be more effective enough to resolve the issues associated with infringements in the digital domain. As a result, there is ongoing debate as to whether India should sign the World Copyright Treaty and the World Patent and Trademark Treaty, and the matter is still under evaluation by the Government of India. The advent of the digital world has shifted the bounds within which copyright holders must consider the protection of copyrighted information using a variety of measures in order to maintain their rights. There are several international copyright treaties and limits and exceptions offered by TRIPS that are discussed in this article, which also considers whether or not various treaties available for the digital realm are valuable or not. Furthermore, the procedures that should be taken to prevent the abuse of copyrighted content are explored. The article finishes with some thoughts and ideas that may be effective in controlling the unlawful use of copyrighted content as well as the unlawful distribution of that material without permission.

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