What is a Copyright and Why is it important?
Copyright is the legal right that one has to control copies and distributions of their work. The copyright holder contemporary disallow others from copying, changing or distributing their work. Its purpose is to incentivize creators to create so that the public can benefit from their continued productivity.
Copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.
Copyright works include the following categories:
- Literary works
- Musical works, including any accompanying words
- Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
- Pantomimes and choreographic works
- Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
- Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
- Sound recordings
- Architectural works
It takes a lot of talent, energy and resources to come up with creative, new ideas or products, and it is only natural that creators benefit financially from their efforts. For example, a software company has to spend years and crores of rupees to come up with a commercially viable product. It stands to lose money if someone cheaply reproduces the product and sells it for a fraction of the price, in what is called `piracy’. Pirated software not only brings losses to the developing company but it also acts as a disincentive to others who may come up with new innovative products. Hence, copyright protection becomes mandatory in such cases.
Benefits of copyright
- Exclusive use: Once you get copyright for your work, others cannot use it without permission. If any infringement takes place, you can carry out legal action.
- Record of ownership: Once you get the copyright registered, there will be a public record of the ownership of your work.
- Preventing misuse: You can prevent misuse of your work by registering a copyright. You will have more control over how it is presented to the public.
- Economic gain: The most crucial benefit is the economy you derive from the same. You will have the sole right to any revenue that accrues from your original work.
- Encourages creativity: It encourages general creativity in the society as owners enjoy the benefits of creative work.
The Copyright Registration Process in India
An application for registration is necessary to be filed in form 14
Different or multiple application shall be prepared for registering each creation.
Every application should be filed with the prescribed fees.
Power of Attorney consented and signed by the creator and accepted by the attorney shall be attached with the application.
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