Indian Copyright Act 1957

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Indian Copyrights Act, 1957 A copyright is an intangible property. Copyright exists throughout India in following sectors (a) Original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works (b) Cinematograph film (c) Sound recording. No other work is entitled to copyright law under this Act. The first Copyright Act was passed in the year 1914. Currently, the Copyright Act, 1957 governs copyright law in India. Since its inception, many amendments have been made in the original Act of 1957. The Section 14 of the Indian Copyright Act defines a copyright for the purposes of the Act. A Copyright is an exclusive right to do or authorise the doing of acts in respect of a work or any of its substantial part. Copyright covers following fields a) Literary,…show more content…
d) Sound recording: A composer has an exclusive right to make any other sound recording which was a part of the original work, or offer for sale or hire any copy of the film/sound recording, to communicate the film to the general public. The copyright act also gave economic rights to the author by section 14 as licensing the work can help to recover the investment money of the author and bring him economic benefits. Copyright is not an eternal right and it exists for a specific period of time. After the expiry of the term period, the works can be used in the public domain and become open to use by the public without any permission of the author/owner. Registration is not a necessary procedure for the enforcement of the law of copyright. In addition to Copyrights, the act also recognises the moral rights of the…show more content…
For photographic works, the Berne Convention set a minimum term period of 25 years from the year the photographic work was created, and for cinematographic work the minimum time period is 50 years after the first showing, or 50 years after creation of the work if it hasn't been shown to the public within 50 years after the creation. The member countries under the older revisions of the treaty are free to choose to provide their own terms of protection, and certain types of works (such as phonorecords and motion pictures) may be provided shorter period

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