Any person, who knowingly,-
- Removes or alters any rights management information without authority, or
- Distributes, imports for distribution, broadcasts, or communicates to the public, without authority, copies of any work, or performance knowing that electronic rights management information has been removed or altered without authority,
Shall be punishable by imprisonment which may extend to two and shall also be liable to fine:
Provided that if the rights management information has been tampered with in any work, the owner of the copyright in such work may also avail of civil remedies provided under Chapter XII (Civil Remedies) against the persons indulging in such acts.