by Minal Sahu
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures” [i] as this is rightly quoted by James Baldwin. An art for the world may be just a piece of decoration which they own in exchange for money but for an artist, it is a piece of his own soul as he has created it by his thoughts, innovation, and creativity. An artist cannot lose all the rights if he has fully or partially assigned the copyright to someone else. This is supported by Universal Declaration of Human Rights as in Article 27(2) it has been quoted “Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author”[ii] If you are an artist and you are creating a work no matter who has financed or provided the means to create the work it is you who is applying thoughts and soul for creating it and an artist will be having moral rights over the work as it is a human right no one can take away the right to authorship or your right to Integrity on the work.
Copyright Law is mentioned in the INDIAN COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957. This act extends to the whole of India. In India, there is a lack of awareness among individuals regarding copyright law. Copyright law is applicable to the six works mentioned below: