While buying products such as books, Music CDs, Video CDs, softwares etc. you must have come across the symbol © printed on them. This symbol means copyright and after knowing this, most of you would surely wonder what is this copyright and why is it needed?
What is a Copyright? A copyright is essentially a set of rights granting protection to different forms of human expression of thoughts such as videos, music, books, a play etc.
Copyright is just one form of intellectual property. It is not the same as trademark, which protects brand names, mottos, logos, and other source identifiers from being used by others for certain purposes. It is also different from patent law, which protects inventions. YouTube offers a separate removal process for videos which violate trademark, trade secret, or other laws. The rights are basically to prevent another individual from reproducing or distributing, in an unauthorized manner, the product of the copyright holder’s skill and labour.
The Indian law, i.e. the Copyright Act, 1857 recognizes a ‘video’ as being entitled to copyright protection too so let us understand why at all should you obtain a copyright for a video.
Which types of work are subject to copyright? When a person creates an original work that is fixed in a physical medium, he or she automatically owns copyright to the work. Copyright ownership gives the owner the exclusive right to use the work in certain, specific ways. Many types of works are eligible for copyright protection, including:
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