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Sec 63A, Copyright Act 1957: Enhanced Penalty on 2nd & subsequent convictions

Section 63A (Enhanced penalty on second and subsequent convictions) under Chapter XIII (Offences) of the Copyright Act 1957

❝Whoever having already been convicted of an offence under section 63 is again convicted of any such offence shall be punishable for the second and for every subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but which may extend to three years and with fine which shall not be less than one lakh rupees but which may extend to two lakh rupees:

Provided that where the infringement has not been made for gain in the course of trade or business the court may, for adequate and special reasons to be mentioned in the judgment, impose a sentence of imprisonment for a term of less than one year or a fine of less than one lakh rupees:

Provided further that for the purposes of this section, no cognizance shall be taken of any conviction made before the commencement of the Copyright (Amendment) Act, 1984 (65 of 1984).❞



Section 63A of the Copyright Act 1957 was :
- inserted by the Copyright (Amendment) Act 1984 (No. 65 of 1984), sec. 6, w.e.f. 8-Oct-1984;
- amended by the Copyright (Amendment) Act 1994 (No. 38 of 1994), sec. 22, w.e.f. 10-May-1995.

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