The word copyright is made up of 2 words- ‘copy’ and ‘right’. The meaning of the word is ‘Right to copy’. In simple terms, the owner, creator or his/her authorised person has the right to reproduce his/her work. The laws related to copyright are a protection given to creators of original work. Copyright laws protect the practical application of ideas and not the ideas themselves.
Copyright ensures a set of safeguards for protection of rights of authors over their original creations, thereby protecting and rewarding creativity. The protection provided by copyright to the original works of writers, artists, designers, dramatists, musicians, architects and producers of sound recordings, cinematograph films and computer software, creates an atmosphere conducive for creativity and innovation, which encourages them to create more such works.
The rights vested in the creator or owner of copyright are envisaged under Section-14 of Copyright Act,1957. These rights include –
According to Section 17 of the Copyright Act, creator of the work is the first owner of the copyright. The exception to this is- If the creator creates the work under his course of employment, and if he/she is bound by a contract, the employer becomes the owner of copyright and the rights envisaged under Section 14 are vested in him.
In India our original work is protected under International Copyright Order, 1999 and there is need for registration however, it is advisable for one to register his/her work for proof of its origin in the court of law.
Using work without consent of the original owner of such work is called copyright infringement. An owner of copyright must know that the moment an original work is created, a copyright in that work subsists. Even unregistered works can be infringed.
Under Section 63 of the copyright Act, 1957 a person if found guilty will be punished with imprisonment for a minimum term of six months and may extend upto 3 years and with minimum fine of Rs. 50,000 and extendable upto 2 Lakhs.
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