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In the realm of film and television, screenplays play a crucial role as the foundation for visual storytelling. A well-crafted screenplay is a blueprint that brings a story to life on the screen. Therefore, the question of who owns the copyright in the screenplay of a film holds great importance. Whether it is the producer of the film or the author of the screenplay?

The fundamental purpose of Copyright Laws is to make artists and creators capable of reaping the rewards of their intellect. However, the doctrine of fair use has entered the copyright laws with a rather opposite intention. The inception of the doctrine has taken place over the years and therefore, did not have any defining status. The doctrine is an exception to the very purpose of copyright law. According to the doctrine of fair use, any person can use a work without taking permission from the creator/owner of the work. However, the law provides only limited number of circumstances under whi

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26 December 2022

Santa Claus is a legendary character who brings gifts to children. St. Nicholas of Myra (now known as Demre, Turkey), was a bishop famous for his compassion for the poor and particularly, children. His philanthropy became so legendary that it inspired others all over the world at Christmas.

According to the DPIIT’s Handbook of Copyright Law, making any work accessible for the public to view, hear, or otherwise experience directly or by any method of exhibition or dispersion is referred to as ‘communicating with the public’. Curiously enough, it is not imperative that any member of the public actually enjoys the work so made available through his sense perception. For instance, even though a cable operator may telecast a cinematograph film which no member of the public may see, it would still be considered as ‘communication to the public’. Thus, the fact that the work in

In determining the term of protection of Copyright in a Work there are two factors to be looked into. Firstly, to encourage the public to create newer and newer works; and secondly, to ensure accessibility of the works to the widest possible audience or readers. The second factor mainly concerns with determining the term of protection of work and thereafter making it available in the public domain.

What is copyright infringement? Copyright is a negative right that lets the owner enjoy exclusive right over his/her Work without any hindrance from others. If the Work is used/ exploited by any person other than the owner without his/her authorization, it constitutes an infringement of copyright in the Work.

Copyright is a bundle of rights given by the law to the creators of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works, software, and the producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. The rights granted under the provisions of the Copyrights Act, 1957 are to reproduce, to communicate the Works to the public, to translate, and to make any adaptation of the Work.

Food was once a necessity. Food was then, a delicacy. Food is now, an experience!

In a recent decision the United States Supreme Court held that Aereo infringed the public performance right included in the copyright of broadcaster’s on-air programming by....

In Tekla Corporation & Anr. vs. Survo Ghosh & Anr decided by the Delhi High Court recently, the Court was required to consider the Doctrine of Copyright Misuse (“the doctrine” ) as evolved in the US courts....

The principle of conditional grants to proprietary rights in any intellectual property is to promote public interest...

Criminal remedies are very effective and create the strongest deterrence in the market but are often less opted for as proposed remedies to combat piracy. A brief snapshot of the criminal remedies is as under...

Introduced in 1990, the World Wide Web has experienced enormous growth and popularity. In spite of several other useful features, connectivity to Web pages with the click of a button remains the most prominent feature offered by the Web. This connectivity between Web pages can be achieved by linking and framing.

Once seen only on sailors and convicts, tattoos have found their way into mainstream society and are here to stay. There has been a considerable rise in the number of people who are seen sporting tattoos with themes that range from devotion to a particular rock band to the memory of a deceased loved one.

With the advent of the information age, software is increasingly being created and used to implement most forms of technology. However, it is seen that the Intellectual Property Laws such as those relating to patents and copyright, which are creatures of the pre-information age, have been slow to adapt toinclude protection of software within their ambits.