Copyright is the legal right given to the owner of a literary, artistic, dramatic, musical, cinematic creation. It also gives the owner the right to use the creation according to wish and will. It is a safeguarding mechanism which comes under intellectual property rights. The theft of artistic or literary content can amount to severe punishment under the copyright laws in India and other countries. Plagiarism is a common issue that is related to the theft or copying of original content. Moreover, copyright can be owned by anyone who is the creator of original content irrespective of age, gender, territory, etc. A minor is also eligible to apply for copyright. Then again, the usage of original content entirely depends on the copyright owner and is possible with their permission only. Otherwise, infringement of copyright can cause a hefty fine and punishment under the law.
Now, the world wide web is full of innumerable websites and these have written, musical, cinematic, and such other content. The owner of the website would not like to be a victim of plagiarism and more so because contents are valuable as this is what makes each website unique in its way. The protection of content is the only prudent solution to copyright infringement.
Steps to ensure the protection of a website by copyright
- Being aware of copyright laws in the country is the first step towards safeguarding original content on a website. In India, the legal provision that governs copyright issues is The Indian Copyright Act (amended as Copyright Act 1957). The act etches out various legalities related to copyright and the solution to infringement and describes the meaning and scope of copyright in the country. Moreover, it is pertinent to mention that Section 52 in the Copyright Act 1957 the scope and limitations of “fair use” of original content. For example, reviews of the content do not fall under copyright infringement purview. If there is any such activity that might give rise to any dispute over copyright and the owner’s right over the content, resolution can be sought through Courts and Tribunals. Hence the knowledge of law helps to protect the content of websites.
- The knowledge of law needs to be put into action by applying for copyright at http://copyright.gov.in/ which is the Indian govt’s website on all information related to copyright. The owners of the website can apply online or can fill out the offline form and send the same with relevant data and documents, after paying the registration fee, to the concerned govt department. The application will be verified by the Department immediately and mistakes in the application can be rectified immediately. The process is the same when done online where one has to apply with the registration fee. A diary or record number will be generated and after the submission of the application form, one has to wait for 30 days to obtain the copyright registration. One needs to be mindful of the fact that the registration stands to be rejected if there is an anomaly that might be found after verification.