COPYRIGHT IN THE DIGITAL WORLD
Copyright gives the people involved in creating music various rights over the copying, distribution, performance and internet transmission of their music. This includes protection for artists, composers, publishers and producers
The rules vary slightly from country to country, and some countries allow limited copying and performance that is truly 'private'. However uploading music to the internet and other indiscriminate copying and dissemination of music files is an infringement of copyright if done without the rights owners' permission. This is not 'private' but very public copying, especially considering that nearly a half-billion users have instant access to material put on the internet.
Copyright infringement is the use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright holder's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works, without permission from the copyright holder, which is typically a publisher or other business representing or assigned by the work's creator.
Commonly known acts involving infringement of copyright:
· Making infringing copies for sale or hire or selling or letting them for hire;
· Permitting any place for the performance of works in public where such performance constitutes infringement of copyright
· Distributing infringing copies for the purpose of trade or to such an extent so as to affect prejudicially the interest of the owner of copyright;
· Public exhibition of infringing copies by way of trade; and Importation of infringing copies into India.