In law, intellectual property (IP) is an umbrella term for various legal entitlements which attach to certain names, written and recorded media, and inventions.
Copyright is a set of exclusive rights regulating the use of a particular expression of an idea or information. At its most general, it is literally "the right to copy" an original creation. In most cases, these rights are of limited duration. The symbol for copyright is ©.
Ownership Of Copyright ::
The first author of the work is designated as the owner of the copyright.In case of employment,until unless the contract of employment spells contrary, the copyright vests with the employer.
Protection Of Copyright ::
Copyright protection begins when the work of is created and fixed in a tangible form whether registered or not.Thus to claim protection, you do not need registration.However , registering is safe so as to leave no room for doubt that one is the creator of a work.
It is desirable to display a notice that says © XYZ ,India,2007 for the purpose of criminal prosecution against an infringer.The duration of protection is statutorily determined in all countries.In India it is life of the author + 60 years.
Infringement Of Copyright ::
Infringement means unauthorised use of a copyrighted work standing in the name of another person.Thuse even loading a copy of the work in computer's RAM,having a pirated software,violating licences will amount to infringement.
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