What are the movie screening laws in India

What is law for screening of movies (old classics) for commercial use in India? I have a few sub-questions relating to the same: 1. How do I know if a movie has Public Performance Rights? 2. Under what circumstances do i have to pay the producers of the movie? 3. If a movie is in public domain in the US/UK, can it be screened for commercial purposes in India?

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The relevant provision of law is the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 and a movie (cinematograph film) is subject matter of copyright for a period of 60 years from the date of the release of the film and thereafter the film is in public domain. If the copyright in the work still subsists then you have to pay royalty to the owner of copyright which is usually the producer of the movie. If the movie is in the public domain in US/UK then you may additionally require a censor certificate to screen it in India. However, you may have to be a little careful as the copyright in the underlying works in the movie, such as story, music and lyrics may still be in existence even if the copyright in the film has expired.

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1. every movie and music is part of PPR, or to re confirm file an enquiry application with PPR office, even if the movie is not in PPR director, musician, and producer has right to sue you, if you use or screen movie without their prior permission.
2. Producer or production house will can tell how much royalties they want on screening.
3. Even movie is in UK /US you have no right to screen it india, also you need to take permission or NOC from India Film commission.

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