Copyrights Protect “Movies: The Global Passion” (#WorldIPDay Competition, Entry: SR-05)

snehil1Movies have always been a powerful vehicle for culture, education, propaganda and leisure. A movie is a story, recorded as set of moving pictures to be shown on the screen of a theatre house and television. It is a channel of expression and communication as well as a medium of instruction and recreation.

Film Industry has grown dramatically in the last few decades leveraging continuous evolving technology. The movies are getting better in different aspects like stories, cinematography, photography and particularly special effects. And this continuous evolvement is what keeps the audiences stick to this entertainment industry. People get fanaticized by the heroic actions of the protagonist saving the day for the earth in the movie. But, the real hero is the one sitting behind the screen i.e. the one who created the original work with so much of effort and dedication. But, piracy and theft of such efforts is not what an originator would wish. Copying of the original works and using it for personal benefits is what has been a malpractice. But the copyright laws been enforced is what secures the creator’ works from being plagiarized.

All filmmakers – all artists in every medium, need to be aware of their rights under copyright law. Copyright attaches to everything they create as soon as it is in tangible form. No registration. No magic words on the work. Just get the work in to a tangible form and you own it, for the rest of your life, and then your kids and grandkids for 70 years after your death. Also, the law is not based on convention ideas so as someone can think of smartly copying things employing some technology. Copyright law has evolved taking into consideration the technology changes. It is more preferred to have a valid copyright notice under the law. When a work contains a valid notice, an infringer cannot claim in court that he or she didn’t know it was copyrighted. This makes it much smoother to win a copyright infringement case and collect enough damages to make the cost of the case worthwhile.

These rights can have great emotional and economic impacts. If someone is basing his work on another work or include pieces of someone else’s work, he or she must have done everything right in acquiring and clearing the rights. Thus, in order to protect this global legacy, one should copyright his works as soon as it created because not only it helps in reducing piracy and theft, but also enables the creator know his exclusive rights pursuant to fair use and let the other filmmakers decide whether to license or not license the material they want to use in their films.

                                                                                                                                   Written By:

                                                                                                         Snehil Vishwakarma, Patent Analyst-Hi-tech

                                                                                                         Abhinav Mahajan, Patent Analyst-Hi-Tech

                                                                                                         Amit Kumar, Patent Analyst-Hi-Tech

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