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Copyright protects the expression of an idea, rather than the idea itself.No requirement as to artistic value or merits but should be original workCopyrights cover original Literary, dramatic and musical work,Artistic work,Cinematographic film includes sound track and video film,Technology-based work such as computer programs & electronic database.

Copyright Holder’s Rights
Copyright holders enjoy the following exclusive rights which enabling them to derive financial benefits by exercising such rights.

To reproduce

To issue copies of the work

To perform the work publicly

To display the work publicly

To make adaptation

To assign or license the work

To prevent copy or issuing copies of the work to the public

To prevent the making of the copies for sale or otherwise

Is it necessary to register a work to claim copyright ?

No. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created and no formality is required to be completed for acquiring copyright. However, certificate of registration of copyright and the entries made therein serve as prima facie evidence in a court of law with reference to dispute relating to ownership of copyright.

Some Hard facts related to copyright

Widespread copyright theft continues to be the most significant barrier to the development of a legitimate digital music business. The mass availability of unauthorised, unpaid-for music has also caused major damage to CD sales.

The sources of the originals used to make the pirated copies can be surprising. Some bootleg DVDs have been traced to members of the Academy of Motion Pictures, who had received the movies for Oscar screening.


Reference:

1. A Hand Book Of Copyright Law published by Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education.

2. False Bargain: The Los Angeles County Economic consequences of counterfeit Product, prepared by Gregory Freeman, Nancy D Sidhu and Michael Montoya (February 2007)

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