What are the various international Treaties relating to the Copyright?

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There have been numerous international copyright conventions some of which include; Universal Copyright Convention at Geneva in 1952. Universal Copyright Convention as revised at Paris on 24th July 1971. Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, Paris Act of 24th July 1971 as amended on September 28th 1979. [Note: The first Berne… Read more »

What work should I protect?

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You should protect everything that you create and which you consider to be of value to you, or yours, now or in the future. If it is worth creating and if others would find it worthy of copying then it is worth protecting.

What is the benefit of protecting my work?

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Once your creation has been fixed in a tangible medium of expression the copyright on your work is protected by copyright law.   By registering your copyright you will have irrefutable proof of first ownership of your intellectual property.   This proof can be used in a court of law in alleged cases of copyright… Read more »

Can I transfer my copyright?

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Copyright can be ‘assigned’ (sold or given away) by the execution of a written document signed by the copyright owner. It is also possible for you to grant a copyright license, for a limited period of time, for specified forms of reproduction and merchandising, and in limited countries throughout the world. It can be for… Read more »

Who is an author?

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Under the copyright law, the creator of the original expression in a work is its author. The author is also the owner of copyright unless there is a written agreement by which the author assigns the copyright to another person or entity, such as a publisher. In cases of works made for hire, the employer… Read more »

What are the rights of an author?

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If the owner of the work is different from the author, the author will be eligible for the “moral rights” of the author. These rights include the right to be identified as an author and the right against the mutilation of the copyrighted work.

What are the authorities created under the Copyright Act?

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Under the Copyright Act there is a Registrar of Copyright and a Copyright Board, which specifically ascertain roles and responsibilities.   Copyright Office is an Administrative Authority and Copyright Board is a quasi–judicial body headed by a retired Supreme Court Judge.