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ghanshyam hemdev (director)     10 January 2018

Mis use of video copyrights

I wanted to know if a person who has bought copyrights for video exploitation about 25 years back for a feature film and has been exploiting the film on a sattelite channel without any hinderance from the producer as the producer did not know that his film is being telecast. Can the video copyright owner claim the sattelite tv telecast copyrights just because there has been no oppostion to his exploitation on the telecasting of the feature film on a sattelite tv channel even though his agreement does not mention exploitation over sattelite tv channels. Can the producer claim back his copyrights?


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Rama chary Rachakonda (Secunderabad/Telangana state Highcourt practice watsapp no.9989324294 )     10 January 2018

The term of copyright depends on several things, such as when it was created, the creator's date of death, whether it has been published, and the date of first publication. For your works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for your life plus an additional 70 years. If the work is anonymous, the term is the shorter of 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation. 

ghanshyam hemdev (director)     11 January 2018

The question is not on term ofhe copyright. The question is can the video copyright holder continue to exploit the copyright sof sattelite television broadcast in view of continious usage from 20 years , just by virtue of nobaody over the years has claimed the said copyright

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