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  What is copyright? Where
   can I find more info?
  --- Tara Iyer

[Bubbles Helps out]

- Where can I find information on ad sites?

- Where can I find information on insurance?

- What is data mining and warehousing?

- How do I retrieve my lost password?

Original and creative work is generally protected by laws called copyrights. This means, Tara, that if you write a story or create a piece of music, and do not copyright it, people can imitate or distribute it without your consent.


To find out exactly what is covered by the copyright laws, check this fact sheet. You can find more information here here and here. The latter also has a section on 'International Copyright'.

In India, cyber laws have been framed to protect an individual's copyright. For more pertaining to the Indian subcontinent, visit tm4india and Nasscom's page on the Indian Copyright Act.

If you're a regular surfer, you've probably noticed that copying and pasting is easily done. This is, however, a violation of the author's copyright. These guidelines should prevent you from breaching copyright laws while using information found online:

  1. If you want to link to a particular site, you may not need permission. However, it is better to inform the Web master first, especially if you would like him to include a link to your site as well.
  2. If you want to reproduce material (images or content) ask for permission, preferably in writing, either from the owner or Web master of the site.
  3. Seek permission even when reproducing material for non-commercial use.
  4. Most sites with original content have a copyright clause. If you have a site, you can find out more about copyright compliance guidelines here.
As the Net is a relatively new medium, all copyright issues that apply to printed material may not apply. Some areas are still a matter of debate. For an overview of general copyright issues, visit this page or look here for international resources on copyrights.


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