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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.
CINEMATOGRAPH FILMS

"Cinematograph film" means any work of visual recording on any medium produced through a process from which a moving image may be produced by any means and includes a sound recording accompanying such visual recording and "cinematograph" shall be construed as including any work produced by any process analogous to cinematography including video films.

SOUND RECORDINGS
  • Any disc, tape, perforated roll or other device in which sounds are embodied so as to be capable of being reproduced therefrom. 
  • The sound tract in a cinematography film is not a record unless it is separately recorded in a disc tape or other device. 
  • Where the record is made directly from a live performance the owner of the disc or tape in which the recording is made will be the owner of the copyright. 

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