What is copyright?

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Copyright is a right given to creator or owner of an artistic, literary or dramatic work to reproduce work for publication and performance in public.

Can an Idea be copyright?

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No, an idea which is not expressed in a tangible form is not protected under Copyright.

What work can be copyright protected?

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Any original work which is expressed in written form or in the form of a drawing or painting or any other form of expression except oral are eligible for copyright protection. Mere oral expression of an idea is not entitled for copyright protection.

Is the Copyright Registration mandatory?

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No, the copyright is an in built right which is available from the moment the work (literary, dramatic, artistic) came into existence.

What is the duration of Copyright?

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The duration of the protection under the copyright depends on the nature of work; in case of literary work, the term is life of author plus 50 years from the day of calendar year preceding the death. Copyright in photograph, a cinematographic film and sound recording is 60 years from the next Calendar year of… Read more »

Is Copyright transferable?

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Yes, like any other property a copy right can be transferred absolutely e.g sale or assignment or can be transferred for a limited period of time under licensing arrangement.

Is the Copyright protection worldwide?

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The laws governing copyright are almost similar in many countries. Moreover, there are international treaties and agreement which govern the protection extended to national of different countries under Copyright. The main Conventions are Universal Copyright Convention, Berne Convention, WIPO Copyright Treaty etc. Many countries require that work should be published in their territory to avail… Read more »

Is reproduction in all form amounts to infringement?

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No, the reproduction for educational purposes, for news articles or for delivering lectures does not amount to infringement. However, if the reproduction is done for commercial gains, it amounts to infringement e.g. photocopying a text book might be for educational purpose amounts to violation of Copyright. (This is very general view and to have more… Read more »

What are the criteria for award of copyright protection?

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Copyright protection will be available if the following two conditions are fulfilled: a. Originality, meaning that the work owes it origin to the author. Originality is different from novelty. An author of the work need not be the first to articulate the ideas or create the work. b. Reduction into tangible form. For a work… Read more »