How is copyright protected in India?

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The interesting aspect of copyright protection is that it need not be registered with any authority to be protected under law. Secondly, it protects only the tangible expression of an idea and not an idea itself. This has led to many a litigation to settle the idea-expression dichotomy. The Indian Copyright Act, 1957 protects original… Read more »

Do we need to register a copyright?

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No. Acquisition of copyright is automatic and it does not require any formality of registration. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created. The office in charge of copyright registration is Copyright Office, 4th Floor, Jeevan Deep Building, Parliament Street, New Delhi 110001. The Indian copyright law protects literary works, dramatic works,… Read more »

What are rights related to copyright?

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Intellectual property rights can be defined as the rights given to people over the creations of their minds. They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her creations for a certain period of time. Intellectual property rights are traditionally divided into two main categories- Copyright and rights related to copyright Industrial… Read more »

How is look and feel of Graphical User Interface protected under Copyright?

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Graphical User Interface (GUI) allows a user to interact with applications of computers, mobiles, electronic equipments and the likes. Thus, GUI is an element of the program through which users can interact with various other features of the computer programme. Copyright protects form of expression and can be used to protect source code and the… Read more »

How are Multimedia Products protected Indian Copyright Act?

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Multimedia is a computer based interactive communications process that includes a combination of Writing, sound, image, still images, animation, video, computer software or interactivity content forms. On the Internet, multimedia elements are often found to be embedded in web pages. Also, modern web browsers support a number of multimedia formats. Examples of multimedia applications include… Read more »

How is Database protected under Indian Copyright Act?

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Database is a collection of records stored in a systematic way that can be best utilized. For example: Telephone directory, Yellow pages. Database is protected as literary work under Indian Copyright Act. However, some important points to consider are:   Single database may include multiple data records. Each and every data record has its own… Read more »

What are related rights in terms of computer software?

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Owner of the computer programme has all rights associated with it. Computer programme can be protected in literary work under the Indian Copyright Act. In addition, other related rights are exceptionally provided to the owner of the computer programme which includes right to sell and right to rent copies. However, right to rental is not… Read more »

What is Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) license?

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When a customer purchases a pre- installed software from a PC provider (let’s say from an authorized distributor) then that Operating System package license is called as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) license. The OEM license is specific to a particular machine on which it is installed by the PC provider. Therefore, this type of licensed… Read more »

What is exclusive license and non-exclusive license in copyright?

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Exclusive License: It means a specific right is granted to a single owner. Licensee (individual or companies) solely has the right to use copy or distribute such work in the specific way as per the license. Example: Exclusive Right to publish a book in English is specifically given to a publisher say X in India… Read more »

Is copyright registration mandatory?

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No it isn’t but getting copyright registration is the best way to seek legal remedy as it serves as a prima facie evidence in a court of law, in case of any dispute arising out of copyright ownership issue. Intellectual Property is the Property, which has been created by exercise of Intellectual Faculty. It is… Read more »