Copyright

What is Originality in Copyright?

The word original has been mentioned in Section 13(a) of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 and has been prefixed before literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. The common notion of original is new or never done before. In law originality is interpreted as to how an idea is expressed. ‘Originality’ is the key factor in …

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What Does Mandatory Registration Mean for Your Copyright?

Copyright is one of the oldest forms of IP protection, dating back to a statute in 1770s England. It took another century for uncoordinated author rights to be better codified by the 1886 Berne Convention. Today, about 140 nations around the world follow the provisions of that long-ago document, with relatively few major changes. There …

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Theories of Moral Rights of Authorship

Droit morals or moral rights are non-economic rights protecting authors’ and artists’ reputation or personal interests. For example, the purchaser of a painting is barred from ruining the painting or concealing the painter’s identity. Although not financially harmful to the artist, these acts are detrimental to the bond between the artist and their creations. 1.  …

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Protection of Copyright under Berne Convention and TRIPS Agreement

In the initial stages of the development of Copyright Law, remedies for infringement were only available to the citizens against other citizens within the same country, which means that copyright did not have extra-territorial jurisdiction. There were various rationales for the same, one of them arising out of the sentiments of nationalism, which reasoned that …

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