People’s creative skills and labour are protected by copyright. Forms or ways in which ideas or information are expressed are protected by copyright. Copyright isn’t tangible.

Basically, copyright is a package of exclusive economic rights to do certain things.

Copyright material can be copied, published, communicated (for example, broadcast, made available online) and performed publicly.

Non-economic rights are also held by copyright creators. These are called moral rights. There are three types of authorship rights: integrity, attribution, and protection.

Unlike Physical Property, Copyright Isn’t

Copyrights in a work must be distinguished from ownership of the article in which they are contained. Although the physical copy of a book is owned by its purchaser, its text may be owned by the writer.

It is also not permitted for the buyer of an original painting to make copies without the permission of the owner of the copyright. The reproduction right resides with the copyright owner, who is generally the artist.

A work is protected by copyright when it is created. Registration, however, is often preferred for enforcement. Copyright certificates contain the date of creation and the creator of the document. To register a copyright, these details need to be filed with a statutory authority, such as the Registrar of Copyrights.

January 2023
Delhi High Court sets aside registration of ‘Swiss Military’ trademark by private company
The Delhi High Court has set aside the registration of ‘Swiss Military’ and the logo by a private company called Promoshirts SM. The HC has held that a red cross with white background and the words ‘Swiss Military’ serve as a source identifier for the goods of Swiss Origin for the public.
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January 2023
Return of iconic Yezdi motorcycle hits legal hurdle, Karnataka HC cancels trademark acquisition by heir of original maker
The return of ‘Yezdi’, an iconic Indian motorcycle from the 1970s, has suffered a legal setback with the Karnataka High Court ruling as illegal the acquisition of the ‘Yezdi’ trademark by a member of the family of the original owners — Ideal Jawa (India) Pvt Ltd — which went into liquidation two decades ago.
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December 2022
India to seek IPR waiver for green energy tech at G20
India is planning to push for a waiver of intellectual property rights (IPR) for technologies related to green energy and energy transition in a bid to bridge the technology gap across G20 countries, two officials aware of the matter said. India took over presidency of the grouping earlier this month.
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