What is copyright protection?
Copyrights are a part of the Intellectual property. Unlike patents which protect the technological ideas and inventions, copyrights are essentially used for the protection of literary works, artistic works, musical works, dramatic works and other intellectual works. In simpler words, copyright provides the protection of the expressions of an individual. The expressions relate to an individual’s thinking and mind process. For example, an author writes a new novel or a music director composing a new song or a lyricist writing the lyrics of a new song. Thus, copyright covers works of art, photos, pictures, songs, music, sound recordings, books, manuscripts, publications, plays, movies, shows and other performance arts. Copyright will not protect the process through which a particular work was created or the use of information within it. Copyright can be defined in following ways:
Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work some exclusive rights for its use and distribution, usually for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the creator (e.g. the photographer of a photograph or the author of a book) to receive reward for their intellectual effort.
A simple definition of copyright is that it is a bunch of rights in certain creative works such as text, artistic works, music, computer programs, sound recordings and films. The rights are granted exclusively to the copyright owner to reproduce the material, and for some material, the right to perform or show the work to the public. Copyright owners can prevent others from reproducing or communicating their work without their permission or may sell these rights to someone else.
The Copyright Law of India defines Copyright as “Copyright is a right given by the law to the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. In fact, it is a bundle of rights including, inter alia, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work. There could be slight variations in the composition of the rights depending on the work.”
A Copyright is a bundle of tangible rights granted by statute to the author or originator of certain literary or artistic productions, whereby, for a limited period, the exclusive privileges are given to that person (or to any party to whom he or she transfers ownership) to make copies of the same for publication and sale.
A copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the production of their work, including the right to receive payment for that production. An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishers or recording companies work.
Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished.
Copyright protects the manner in which something is expressed rather than the idea behind it. For example, copyright protects various expressions like words in a novel, photographs, and a software code of a computer program, words and tables in a marketing plan and various other similar expressions. However, it should be noted that copyright does not protect the idea behind the story of the novel, the subject matter of the photograph, the functionality of the computer program and the business strategies illustrated in the marketing plan.