1. Copyright is a legal term describing rights given to creators for their creative works such as : a. Literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works., b. Cinematograph film and, c. Sound recordings. 2. The trem "Literary work" includes computer software and programmes. Copyright is a kind of intellectual property. The important of such right has been increased in recent times due to the rapid technology developments in the field of printing, music, communication, entertainment and computer based information technology. 3. The object of copyright law is to encourage authors, computers, artists and designers to claim exclusive rights for a limited period to exploit the work for monetary gain. Copyrights in India are governed under the Copyright Act, 1957. Copyright subsists as soon as work is created.
What is covered by copyright ?
The kinds or works covered by copyright include: literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspapers and computer programmers, databases, films, musical compostions and choreography; artistic work such as paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture, architecture and advertisement, maps, industrial and engineering drawings.
What is the object of copyright law ?
The object of copyright law is to encourage authors, composers, artists and designers to create original work to do exclusive rights for a peroid to exploit the work for monetory gain.
i ) Artistic Work ii ) Software
Guidelines - Artistic Work
Registration of Aritistic Work Copyright Registration is not compulsory. But those who desire to get registration of the artistic work have to under two stages.
Copyright Guidelines - Software
Applicability of Copyright : Copyright is applicable to the following Works : I. Artistic Work. II. Literary Work. III. Musical Work. IV. Dramatic Work. V. Computer Programmes ( added under the copyright ( Amendment ) Act, 1994 ).
Literary Work includes " Computer Programmes, tables, compilations including computer data base ( Which is capable of reproducing any information ) .
Meaning of 'Computer Programmes'
As per definition under the said Act - " Computer Programmes " means "a set of instructions expressed in Words, codes, schemes or in any other form, including a machine readable medium capable a computer to perform a particular task or achieve a particulars result".