Copyright is basically a legal-right given by the law to creators of literacy, dramatic, musical, and artistic works and procedures of cinematography films and sound recordings. In India, it is enrolled under Copyright Act, 1956. In copyrights, Author’s has rights alone and no one can violate them legally.
Copyright ensures certain minimum safeguards of the rights of the content of owner of the author over their creations, protecting and rewarding creativity. There is no copyright protection for ideas, procedures, and methods of operation or mathematical concepts. Copyright protects only the original expression of ideas and not the underlying ideas themselves.
Documents required for Copyright:-
- 2 Copies of work.
- Classification and Description of work.
- No objection from the Author of the work.
- NOC from the publisher if work published and publisher is different from the applicant.
- Power of Attorney for copyright Filing.
- DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work.
Why copyright law is important?
Copyright law has a dual role. It provides exclusive rights to authors in order to protect their work for a limited period of time but it was also established to promote creativity and learning.
Features of Copyright:-
The purpose of copyright law is to protect the author of a work against diplomacy, to guarantee commercial exploitation, and stimulate new ideas.
- For Protection: Copyright law must protect have its own originality of Author, be recorded in a particular form, and be perceptible in the field of Literature, Science. Software etc.
- Using the copyright symbol: The author of the work uses the copyright symbol to indicate their copyright claim under copyright law.
- Distribution right: The right to sell or otherwise distribute copies to the public.
- Longer life safety: For individuals/companies, copyright protection will generally expire 70 years after introduction or publication of work
- Right of the owner: Right over dissemination, translation, reproduction, and adaption of work have fully assigned to the Author.
1. What is the scope of protection in the Copyright Act,1957 ?
The Copyright Act, 1957 protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and sound recordings from unauthorized uses. Unlike the case with patents, copyright protects the expressions and not the ideas.
2. Does copyright apply to titles and names ?
No, Copyright doesn’t protect titles by themselves or name,also does not protect ideas and concept. To get the protection of copyright a work must be original.
3. Whether computer Software or computer programmer can be registered ?
Yes, Computer software or programmer can be registered as a literary work.
4. Is it necessary to register a work to claim copyright ?
No, Acquisition of copyrights is automatic and it does not require any formality. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created.
5. Who can apply for the copyright registration ?
Anyone claiming to be owner of the work to be copyright can apply for copyright registration. Here, the term Anyone can be an individual,company, NGO or any other.