How is Software Protected? Software is something that people normally associate with technology, and we all know that technology is protected mainly by patents. However, due to the peculiar nature of codes, getting pure software patented is not possible in many countries, and only possible… Read More »How Do You Protect Software with Copyright Law?
Ideas, Expression, and Copyright Can you copyright an idea, and if not why not? And if yes, what kind of ideas can be copyrighted? People in creative fields may have wondered about this at some point or another, because ideas are the lifeblood of the… Read More »What is the Idea-Expression Dichotomy In Copyright Law?
Introduction Intellectual Property is regarded as one of the most thought-provoking and unconventional domains in the legal fraternity. And why should it not be? It is a property of intangible creations of human mind! It is something which just can’t be touched, in contrary to… Read More »What are the Copyright Issues involved in Research?
What is the First Sale Doctrine? The doctrine of first sale, in essence, limits the power of distribution of copyright owners. It is based on the rationale that once a copyright owner has relinquished ownership of a specific copy of his work, subsequent possessors of… Read More »What is the First Sale Doctrine in Copyright?
Why Are Copyright Societies Necessary? Copyright societies in general are saviors of copyright owners. Copyright owners are the people having ownership over an art piece, music, book, or in legal terms, a work, where the rights extend to a number of rights over the work… Read More »What Are Copyright Societies?
What are Fair Use and Fair Dealing? Fair Use and Fair Dealing are concepts related to each another, and they both act as exceptions to the general rules of Copyright Law. These two concepts are, however, defined under different legal systems. Fair use is generally… Read More »How Do Copyright Exceptions Work Under Indian Law?
Who Owns Creators’ Works? Spiderman, Ironman, Thor etc. are household names and the comics and movies are still a huge part of our lives. But while the studio names associated with these characters (Marvel, DC or Disney) are famous, the original creators of these works… Read More »What Is the Stance of US Law on Works Made For Hire?
Copyright Protection for Characters Section 13 of the Indian Copyright Act provides that copyright subsists in original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematographic films, and sound recordings. It does not expressly provide protection for characters that are created in these works, and subsequently developed… Read More »Can Characters Be Copyrighted in India?
The Doctrine of Joint Authorship According to Indian copyright law, an author is an individual who creates a work and is the exclusive proprietor of the work, at least in the first instance. If more than one person is engaged in the authoring process, the… Read More »What is Joint Authorship in Copyright Law?
What is the Cover Version of a Song? An original song consists of a literary work written by a lyricist, converted into a song by a singer with help of a music composer who composes the music. Eventually the song is completed and released into… Read More »Copyright and Song Covers: Whose Permission Do You Need?