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Copyright - Introduction

  1. Copyright is a form of intellectual property right recognized by law which applies to original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematograph films and sound recording as defined under the Copyright Act, 1957 (as amended from time to time) (“Copyright”).
  2. Copyright in a work belongs to the author or the person commissioning the author as the case may be, as soon as the same is published to the public (“Copyright Owner”). No separate registration is mandatory under law for Copyright. However, a Copyright Owner may choose to register his/her work under law.
  3. Copyright allows the Copyright Owner to do or permit others to use the work in any manner the Copyright Owner desires, whether commercial or non-commercial, whether in a specific format (ex: audio, books), whether partially or wholly, whether for a short or long duration etc. Copyright also allows the Copyright Owner to legally prevent others from using the works in an unauthorized manner.

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