Under the Indian Copyright laws the following classes of the works are protected throughout India –

  • original dramatic, musical, artistic and literary works (including computer programmes, tables, compilations and computer databases);
  • cinematograph films; and
  • sound recording;

1. The registration of the work under the Indian Copyright law is not mandatory to avail protection. However, it is suggestive to get the work registered for the recordal purposes.

2. The copyright laws gives the author of the work right

  • to reproduce the work,
  • to issue copies of the work,
  • to translate,
  • to adapt of the work,
  • to perform the work in public, or
  • to communicate it to the public in compliance with the act.

3. The protection is available under the law in any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work published within the lifetime of the author until sixty years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the author dies.

4. The amended law has provisions to protect performer’s rights.

5. The Copyright act has provisions related to assignment or licensing of any work.



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