Copyright persists in musical, literary, artistic, dramatic, cinematographic and sound recording works. However, as per Copyright law conventions, a song is not looked upon as a single piece of work but as a bundle of copyrights. To elaborate, a song is divided into various parts… Read More »Sound Recording Rights and Copyright Societies
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… Read More »What is Originality in Copyright?
As time passes, the technological advancements are picking up pace throughout the world. This results in increasing software usage, in contrast to earlier technological developments where progress meant hardware improvements. Today, there is fierce competition in the field of software. There is also always a… Read More »Software and IP Protection
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… Read More »What Does Mandatory Registration Mean for Your Copyright?
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… Read More »Theories of Moral Rights of Authorship
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… Read More »Protection of Copyright under Berne Convention and TRIPS Agreement
It is settled law that as per the Idea-Expression doctrine, only an expression of an idea can be copyrighted and not the idea itself. However, there have been many instances regarding infringement of copyright wherein the concept expressed by an author was copied. The originality… Read More »Is it Possible to Copyright Concept Notes?