Criminal Trident Pack: IPC, CrPC and IEA by Sr. Adv. G.S Shukla and Adv. Raghav Arora
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Ashis (Advocate)     14 May 2010

Copyright

Is it alright to publish certain lines from a song, to be added in an annual report of a society? Will it amount to violation if I don't get necessary permission to publish the lines?

Is it enough if I indicate the name of the song and the lyricist in the report as a footnote?

The theme of the report is people, and the lines are also indicative of people.



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N.K.Assumi (Advocate)     14 May 2010

No, simply taking out a lines or a passage from some works  can not be said to be an infringement of copyright, as it will stop the world intellectual growth. Secondly there is no copyright in a song  except in some very exceptional case.

CA Adarsh Agrawal (CMD of SHAYVIDZ Group)     15 May 2010

Shalini Kaul (Independent Legal Practitioner)     17 May 2010

Dear Ashis,

Mr.Assumi is right. There is no copyright in a song as such, because a song is a bundle of things put together. (lyrics, music composition, rendition) Hence what you will be doing is extracting the lyrics/poetry in your report. There is no harm in doing so. You must though put a footnote or mention in the text that the same is an extract and mention the name of the author.

 

Ashis (Advocate)     18 May 2010

Thanks a lot for this...


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