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##What is Copyright?

The copyright is a legal right that provides you protection for the ownership over the things you create. Let it be either a painting, a photograph or a novel, if you have created anything then you will be the owner of it and the copyright law itself protects your ownership rights. The copyright law also grants several rights for you as the owner. Those rights are as follows:

• The specific right to reproduce the work

• To prepare the derivative works

• To distribute the copies of the work

• To perform the work and display it publicly.

These are the specific rights and its only yours as a creator. If you are not willing to give them up, then no one can violate them. In other words it means that, unless you say one cannot perform even a piece written by you or make copies of it, no one shall do it.

If the author creates a work for a company during the course of his employment, In this case the creator is usually not the copyright owner. As it gives copyright ownership to the employer who has commissioned the work. For instance, if an employee writes articles for a company, then in this case the company is the copyright owner not the actual writer.

###Who needs Copyright?

In India the following classes of work needs Copyright Protection:-

o Original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works;

o Cinematograph films; and

o Sound recordings.

In the case of original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, the duration of copyright islifetime of the author and 60 years; this is counted from the year of the death of the author.
Further, In the case of cinematograph films, sound recordings, photographs and publications are protected for a period of 60 years which is counted from the year from the date of publication.

An artistic work means

o A painting, a photograph or a drawing, or any such work possessing artistic quality;

o a work of architecture and any other work of artistic craftsmanship

A musical work means

A Musical work means work consisting of the music, but it does not include any words which is intended to be sung, spoken or performed with the music. Whereas, the musical work is needed not to be written in order to obtain the copyright protection.