What is a Copyright?
Copyright is concerned with original literary, musical or artistic works. These
include computer software; any drawing, map, chart or plan; photographs and films;
architectural works; sculptures; sound recordings; TV and radio broadcasts etc...
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Copyright protection provides benefits in the form of economic rights which entitle the creators to
control use of their literary and artistic material in a number of ways, such as by making copies,
issuing copies to the public, performing in public, broadcasting and use on-line and to obtain an
appropriate economic reward. Copyright also gives moral rights to be identified as the creator of
certain kinds of material, and to object to distortion or mutilation of it.
Without copyright protection, it would often be very easy for others to exploit
material without paying the creator.
Copyright is about the right to copy. Copyright is a legal term describing rights
given to creators for their original literary and artistic works which allow them to
control their subsequent use. It is important to recognize that copyright is not
a monopoly. Two people could completely independently create identical items. Provided
there is no copying, there is no infringement and both can hold copyright in their
respective works. How do I obtain copyright-protection?
The creators of such works automatically acquire rights, which mean that they can
control their further use. The only absolute requirement is that the work is original,
i.e. not copied from somewhere else and has required original intellectual effort
by the author. Ownership normally rests with the creator but there can be situations
e.g. employment contracts etc. which affect this. In general, copyright protection
lasts until 70 years after the death of the owner.
Related Rights to copyright:
A field of rights related to copyright has rapidly developed over the last 50 years.
These related rights grew up around copyrighted works. They provide similar protection,
although often more limited and of shorter duration. They cover a range of rights,
which have been derived from copyright principles and are granted to e.g. performing
artists, producers of sound recordings, broadcasting organizations in their radio and
television programs, and creators/owners of databases.
How to obtain copyright?
Basically the act of creating a work also creates the copyright, which then subsists
in the physical expression of the work. There is no formal registration process required
in order to obtain protection. However, some national laws allow for registration of
works and in certain countries registration can serve as prima facie evidence in
court in case of infringement. You should therefore check with the competent office in
How Parker & Parker Company helps you for your Copyrights Registration in India and worldwide?
Copyrights assignment, licensing and transfer
Copyrights Infringement and validity advice.
Copyrights Specific agreements.
Copyrights Litigation: opposition, rectification, appeals, and civil suits for infringement.
Copyrights Anti-piracy measures.
New technologies have radically increased the speed of distribution of protected
materials and forever altered the boundaries of traditional copyright law. With the
click of a mouse, a thousand-page book can be transmitted around the world within seconds,
and a copyrighted work can be posted on a website for millions to see, copy, and
download to their very own PC. Not only have the media changed but the works needing
protection have changed just as dramatically. Now databases, computer programs,
and even the designs of semiconductor chips require special IP protection.
As science and the marketplace have evolved, we have expanded our copyright practice in
response. The scope of what we protect covers computer programs, databases, audio
recordings, film and video productions, and technical and architectural designs
as well as books, music, and motion pictures. We assist our clients with registering
copyrights, expediting applications, recording documents, performing title searches,
and proceeding in all phases of litigation. Frequently we render opinions on copyrightability,
fair use, infringement, ownership and title, estate planning, notice, security interests,
foreign protection, and litigation. We also assist clients in drafting and negotiating
commercial agreements involving copyrighted works, including licensing, development,
and distribution agreements.
We bring special expertise to the field of computer software, where we are adept
at evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of copyright and patent protection to
determine the most appropriate and durable method of protecting clients' valuable
works. We also counsel clients on the protection of mask works (semiconductor chips)
and assist them in registering their mask works.
Whether the issue is enforcing clients' copyrights or protecting them from infringement
claims, our team can draw upon decades of litigation experience in courts throughout
the country. We represent many clients before the Indian Copyright Office and frequently
serve as expert witnesses.
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