Copyright Protection: Stay on Top of Your Game

If you’re in the creative field, you should have some basic knowledge about copyright. After all, you do not want someone to steal your creation (the industry is full of such stories on how their million dollar ideas were stolen).

What is Copyright?

Here’s the Wikipedia definition of a Copyright:
Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution.

So how does it apply to the film industry?

A copyright is basically a type of intellectual property protection that covers works of art including writing, illustrations, music, films, and just about any other artistic expression of ideas or concepts.

The reason that people register their copyright is because it becomes easier, in cases of infringement, to determine the original creator of the work.

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What is Protected?

In India, Copyright Act, 1957 and the Copyright Rules, 1958 provides safeguards for copyright protection.

&copy – copyright, upon creation of original matter (this is the symbol used to suggest that the matter is copyrighted).

Here are some of the creative works that may be protected under copyright law:

  • Literary works (written works, source codes of computer programs, website layouts and interfaces)
  • Dramatic works (scripts for films and dramas)
  • Musical works (melodies/compositions)
  • Artistic works (photographs, paintings)
  • Published editions of the above works
  • Sound recordings
  • Films and movies
  • Television and radio broadcasts
  • Television programmes
  • Performances
  • Presentations, Business Plan, Brochures

Always remember that Copyright resides with the creator or author. However, be cautious while outsourcing your ‘creative’ work or while working with contractors.

Free Tools & Resources

Looking for some free tools to prepare your copyrights? You can start here.

1) Search Portal, India:
http://copyright.gov.in/
2) Search Portal, USA:
http://www.copyright.gov/records/

Whom to Contact for Professional Help?

Looking for professional help to fight infringement? A Trademark Agent or a Trademark Attorney is licensed to represent a client before the State (Copyright Office and Offices of that state).

Watch: Importance of Intellectual Property (IP) — Patents, trademarks & Copyright for India

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