It is an exclusive right granted to the creator of an original work. The word “original” signifies that it should be void of plagiarism. The work can have similar identities with that of another but it should be interpreted from the viewpoint of the creator. In India Copyright law is governed by the Copyrights Act 1957.
Copyright can be obtained for
- Literary Work
- Software Program
When the creator of a particular work has obtained a copyright for it, signifies that any person who wishes to use the data from that work is legally responsible to obtain the “license” from him. To a certain extent the right of the creator is shielded by the “doctrine of fair use”, which implies that anyone can copy a limited amount of information from the original work under such conditions that it is in the interest of the public and does not vitiate the rights of the creator and does not steal the subject matter of the copyrighted work. Copyright differs from trademark as copyright is applicable for talent based work like literary and artistic works.
Validity of Copyright
Once a work that has been created is given a copyright protection it ceases to be valid till the death of the creator, and if he had offered his consent for the work to be exhibited in the public then the validity expires after his death if not it is extended for a period of 60 years from the death of the creator.