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B. Rights available to a copyright owner

When you create any content or material that is copyrightable, you automatically acquire copyright over it instantly.

Simply put – a copyright owner has the sole authority to exploit his work from the moment of creation, unless he has himself permitted somebody else to do so. He can prevent others from copying, distributing, or making adaptations of the work. As per the Copyright Act, he has exclusive right to make copies of his work (e.g. by publication of copies of a book, distribute the work), make an adaptation or a cinematograph film out of it (e.g. by converting a book into a movie or an audiobook or translation in another language, converting a blog post into a video tutorial), to perform the work in public or translate it into other languages. The owner may exploit it himself or authorize another person to do it by licensing or assigning the copyright.(See Section 14 of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957)

 

Note: Understanding Moral Rights

In addition to the rights of commercial exploitation, authors also have certain special rights under Section 57 of the Copyright Act. They have the right to claim authorship of the work, and to prevent any distortion, mutilation or modification of the work (Alterations) (during the term of the copyright) which adversely affects the author’s reputation. The author can claim damages or restrain another entity from making Alterations.

Moral rights and their strategic relevance

When you create any content or material that is copyrightable, you automatically acquire copyright over it instantly.

Simply put – a copyright owner has the sole authority to exploit his work from the moment of creation, unless he has himself permitted somebody else to do so. He can prevent others from copying, distributing, or making adaptations of the work. As per the Copyright Act, he has exclusive right to make copies of his work (e.g. by publication of copies of a book, distribute the work), make an adaptation or a cinematograph film out of it (e.g. by converting a book into a movie or an audiobook or translation in another language, converting a blog post into a video tutorial), to perform the work in public or translate it into other languages. The owner may exploit it himself or authorize another person to do it by licensing or assigning the copyright.(See Section 14 of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957)

 

 

Note: Understanding Moral Rights
In addition to the rights of commercial exploitation, authors also have certain special rights under Section 57 of the Copyright Act. They have the right to claim authorship of the work, and to prevent any distortion, mutilation or modification of the work (Alterations) (during the term of the copyright) which adversely affects the author’s reputation. The author can claim damages or restrain another entity from making Alterations.

 





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