Saturday, August 13, 2011

Who is copy - cat

Copy-cat, Copy-cat!

Authors and artists consider the result of their creative effort their most valuable property. The law concedes this sentiment and protects them from theft. It has been decided long ago by English courts that whatever a man produces through his labour, intellect or skill is his property. This principle was followed in this country for a long time. Now the law of copyright is governed by the Copyright Act, 1957 which treats copyright as a form of moveable property. Section 14 of the Act defines copyright. It means the exclusive right in the case of a literary, dramatic or musical work to do and authorise the doing of any of the following acts, namely:

(1) to reproduce the work in any material form
(2) to publish the work
(3) to perform the work in public
(4) to produce, reproduce, perform or publish any translation of the work
(5) to make any cinematograph film or a record in respect of the work
(6) to communicate the work by radio, loudspeaker, or any other similar instrument
(7) to make an adaptation of the work
(8) to use a translation or adaptation in any of the ways mentioned above

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