Copyright Classification


  • The work must not be copied from another work but must originate from the author.
  • Two authors independently producing an identical work will be entitled for copyright in their respective works.
  • The emphasis is more on the labor, skill judgment and capital expended in producing the work. It includes tables, compilations and computer programs.


  • It includes any piece or recitation, choreographic work
  • Entertainment in dumb show
  • The scenic arrangement or acting form of which is fixed in writing otherwise
  • But does not include a cinematograph film.


  • Includes any combination of melody and harmony, either of them reduced to writing or otherwise graphically produced or reproduced.
  • An original adaptation of a musical work is also entitled to copyright.
  • There is no copyright in a song. A song has its words written by one man and it’s music by another; is words have a literary copyright, and so has its music. These two copyrights are entirely different and cannot be merged.
  • In cases where the word and music are written by the same person, or where they are owned by the same person, he would own the copyright in the song.


  • A painting,
  • A sculpture,
  • A drawing including a diagram, map, chart or plan,
  • An engraving or a photograph, whether or not any such work possesses artistic quality;
  • An architectural work of art; and any other work of artistic craftsmanship.