Copyright Classification

   Original Literary, Dramatic, Musical and Artistic works    

Literary
• 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.
Dramatic
• 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.
Musical
• 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.
Artistic
• 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.


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