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Copyright Violation And Content Creators: All You Need to Know

In today’s digital era, every piece of information that we consume, i.e. the latest viral video, an insightful blog post, or a gripping podcast episode, is the magic of the content creators. “Content” doesn’t stick to “textual” form but includes anything and everything that turns out to be a form of information or entertainment for the viewers.

With online being a free space for all, piracy and illegal use of content without the owners’ consent is drastically increasing. To protect the content creators from this misuse, the government along with anti-piracy companies like BLOCK X are protecting original works and the creator’s credibility by removing pirated versions across the internet. Original content producers are granted a set of exclusive rights under copyright law, including the power to manage how their work is used, to make money off of it, to replicate it, and to transfer or sell ownership to another party. 

The Copyright Act of 1957 grants creators of original works in India the legal right   i.e. copyright protection. The protection extends to a wide variety of creative works including literary, artistic, drama, and sound recordings in addition to musical works, and cinematography films.  In order to ensure that creators are compensated for their work and to permit the spread of information and culture, copyright law in India fundamentally seeks to strike a balance between the rights of creators and the public interest. 

Creators have certain exclusive rights granted under copyright law to manage the uses, distribution, and duplication of their original works. These rights include the ability to copy the work in any format—printing, audio, or digital—distribute it via sales, rentals, leases, transfers or assignments; publicly exhibit the work in places like galleries or exhibitions; perform it aloud—for example, in plays or concerts—create derivative works, such as translations, adaptations, or sequels; and regulate how others use the work by approving or forbidding their use.

Original creative works are protected by copyright which safeguards the effort and labor involved in their creation. However, it only protects the specific way these works are expressed, not the ideas behind them, enabling multiple authors to develop works based on similar concepts without encountering legal issues.

Furthermore, data, information, and facts are not protected, so anyone is allowed to use factual information. Short words, titles, and names are not protected by copyright; nonetheless, trademark law may apply to them. Works that are no longer protected by copyright and are in the public domain can be freely used, copied and distributed by anyone. Copyright protection companies like BLOCK X can help you get more insights on this.

When a content creator creates a video which will be automatically protected upon its creation. Content creators possess both economic and moral rights that protect their work and ensure they receive recognition and compensation. 

Economic Rights

Reproduction Rights: The right to make copies of the work in any form (e.g., print, digital)

Distribution Rights: The right to sell, lease, rent, or otherwise distribute copies of the work.

Public Performance Rights: The right to perform the work in public (e.g., Concerts, plays).

Public Display Rights: The right to display the work publicly (e.g., artworks in galleries).

Derivative Work Rights: The right to create new works based on the original (e.g., translations, adaptations).

Licensing Rights: The right to authorize others to use the work under specific conditions, often for a fee.

Moral Rights

Right of Attribution: The right to be credited as the author of the work.

Right of Integrity: The right to object to any derogatory treatment of the work that could harm the creator’s reputation.

Right to Publish: The right to decide if, when, and how the work is made public.

Right to Withdraw: The right to withdraw the work from circulation if it no longer reflects the creator’s views.

These rights collectively empower content creators to manage the use and integrity of their work, ensuring they receive proper credit and financial rewards for their creative efforts. These moral rights cannot be waived by the authors, even after they exclusively transfer their copyright.

One can also register their work for legal proof to file charges against copyright violators. Other things that you can do in order to protect your work include:

  • Add the copyright symbol © to your work.
  • Provide your name.
  • Include your contact information for obtaining permission.
  • Specify the years for which the copyright pertains.
  • Include the phrase “All Rights Reserved”.

Are you planning to register your copyright at the earliest? Keep in mind that The Copyright Act of 1957 specifies that original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, cinematographic films, and sound recordings can be copyrighted- making anything that is original and creative to be eligible for copyright. Copyright law doesn’t protect ideas, procedures, methods of operation, or mathematical concepts. 

BLOCK X is India’s top anti-piracy company that works 24*7 to protect the copyright of our clients on all platforms. Our legal and tech team along with AI is strong enough to take down copyright-violated content and send legal notices to the pirates. To know more about how you can protect your copyright, contact us.