DEFINITION 

Copyright means the exclusive right to do or to authorize the doing of any of the following acts:

1. To reproduce the work in any manner, whatsoever

2. To issue copies of the work to the public

3. To perform the work in public

4. To make any cinematograph film or sound recording

5. To make a translation of the work

6. To make any adaptation of the work

7. To sell or to give on commercial rental or offer for sale or for commercial rental

8. To communicate the work to the public

COPYRIGHT EXISTS IN THE FOLLOWING WORKS

  1. Literary work including dramatic or musical work.
  2. Computer programmes, tables and compilations including computer data bases.
  3. Artistic work.
  4. Cinematograph film.
  5. Sound recording.

ESSENTIALS OF A COPYRIGHT

  1. Original work – Copyright protection is granted for a work which is original.
  2. Intellect and skill – the author should have expended intellect and skill in the creation of the work.

BENEFITS OF REGISTRATION

  1. Registration to be prima facie evidence of validity of the proprietorship.
  2. Exclusive right to reproduce, adapt, translate, sell, offer for sale, commercial rent the work in relation to which Copyright is held.
  3. The right to obtain relief in respect of infringement of Copyright in the manner provided in the Copyright Act, 1957.