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If I Could Copyright… My Audio: Copyrights and Writers (Part 7)

If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

This post deals with filing of copyright registration application for protection of Sound recording. As elaborated in our previous post, audio books are protected under copyright act as sound recordings. With the rise of various platform for audio books, like Audible, Google Play Books, Kobo Books, Bookmobile, etc., the market for audiobooks is growing with tremendous pace. In this scenario, it is recommended that writers should file a copyright registration application for registering their audiobooks under copyright law. Either the writer of the book or the publisher or any other person who has taken rights from the writer or publisher to...

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If I Could Copyright… My Art: Copyrights and Writers (Part 6)

If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

This post deals with filing of copyright registration application for protection of Artistic works forming part of a book. As stated in our previous post, text of a book is protected under Literary works, but some part of the book like images, diagrams, cover image, etc., may be protected under Artistic works. In order to ensure better copyright protection in a book it is recommended that a writer should first file for copyright registration for artistic works used in promotion of the book and cover image of the book. As elaborated in the previous post written by my colleague, Ashwini Arun,...

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If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

As stated in our earlier posts, copyright registration is not mandatory, as copyright comes into existence the moment a work is expressed in a tangible form. However, writers are generally advised to get copyright registration for the work to make sure that the ownership of the work is duly established and to avoid disputes related to ownership. As copyright registration certificate acts as a proof of ownership right, it is advised that the copyright registration application is filed in the real name of the person/entity having the right in the work. The application process for registering a copyright is simple, and...

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Why Don’t You Copyright Me? Copyrights and Writers (Part 4)

If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

As seen in the previous posts, a copyright protects original and creative expression in a tangible form. While copyright exists in a work irrespective of registration, writers are advised to register their works. This post looks at the various categories under which a writer’s work can be protected and why it should be registered. Protecting a Writer’s Work According to Copyright law, the following types of works form the subject matter for copyright protection: Literary Work; Musical Work; Artistic Work; Dramatic Work; Cinematograph Work; and Sound Recording. Books are mainly protected under copyright law as literary works. Literary works include poems, song lyrics,...

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Independent Touch of Creativity: Copyrights and Writers (Part 3)

If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

Writings expressed on tangible forms are copyrightable only if they are original and creative. The thresholds are low, but they still have to be satisfied. Originality Originality checks whether a writing has been independently created. The question is not about similarity of works, it is about independence of expression. As long as a writer has independently written her work, it will not matter if the work is similar or identical to another work. Example: If X writes a poem, and it is identical to a poem written by Y, X's poem will be considered original if she has written the poem independently, and...

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Write, Keep Writing, The World will …- Copyrights and Writers (Part 2)

If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

Copyright protects original, creative expressions on a tangible form. All three requirements, originality, creativity, and expression on a tangible form have low thresholds, and are easily satisfied by almost, all writings. As long as the writer's work is independently created, not copied; it has  minimal creativity, a pinch at least; and the writing is on a tangible form such as paper, electronic medium, etc., copyright protection automatically begins. Expression is what matters for copyright protection, and impression is irrelevant. Ideas and Expressions Copyright protects expressions, and not ideas. An idea in the writer's mind has no value under the copyright law. It...

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