Into the Structural Vortex of Copyright Provisions and Music Producers: A Bird Eye View
LL.M., NMIMS School of Law, Mumbai, India
Volume II – Issue I, 2020
The Sound is space. The creation of your space is freedom. What you put in the space, what ideas you develop to express and how you arrange it, is the crux of all music. No matter how you arrive at your sound, there is always comfort in knowing that your space is completely your own. Ideas in one’s mind have no values until they are expressed or reduced to practice. In today’s competitive environment, the most valuable currency is not money but ideas. Intellectual Property, in literary sense, means the things which emanate from the exercise of human brain. It is divided in two broad categories namely Industrial Property and Literary Property. It is the latter branch which comes within the ambit of Copyright and related rights and consequent laws. It is to interpret the dimensional realm of copyright provisions which protect the expressions along with the remedies pertaining to any copyright infringement. Copyright, as defined under section 14 of Copyright Act, 1957, is the exclusive right given to do creators of musical, artistic, dramatic and literary works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. In fact, it is a bundle of rights including, inter alia, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaption and translation of any work. It is noteworthy that the copyright protects the expressions and not the thought or ideas.