Copyight Protection Period

Term of Protection of Copyrighted Work

Unlike other IPR rights, which relinquish with the life of the copyright owners, the copyright protection continues after the death of the author. The term of protection depends upon the type of work to be sought for protection.


For Literary, dramatic, or Artistic Work: 

The Term of Copyright protection for literary, dramatic and artistic work, except for photographs depend on the fact whether the work is published or not:

Category

Term of Protection

For Published Work

Lifetime of the Author + 60 years

For Unpublished Work ( when the author was alive)

60 years from the end of the year from which the act of publishing, performing or recording is done.


For Cinematography, photographs and computer programs

The Term of Copyright protection for Cinematography, photographs and computer programs varies from each category. 

Category

Term of Protection

Sound recording

60 years from the end of the year, the recording for first published

Cinematography, photographs and computer programs

60 years from the end of the year from which the act of publishing, performing or recording is done.



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