• The copyright owner’s Trade dress, style, get-up, layout, color scheme cannot be copied by any other person or business firm.
• The copyright owner can reproduce the work in any material form including the storing of it in any medium.
• The copyright owner can perform the work in public or communicate it to the public.
• The copyright owner can make any cinematograph film or sound recording or translation based on the work.
• The rights of the copyright owner also includes right to sell or license or give on hire any copy of his work to others.
The remedies available to the copyright owner against infringement
A civil suit for copyright infringement can be filed before the court of law at the place where the owner of the Copyright is situated. Example: If the copyright holder is situated at Chennai and a third person is copying your registered work at Mumbai. You can file a suit for infringement at Chennai. The person who has infringed your work will have to appear before the court at Chennai.
Courts have the power to grant the following relief in case of infringement of copyright:
• Temporary and permanent injunction (Prohibition to continue the act of infringement).
• Impounding and destruction of all infringing copies.
• Actual monetary damages plus the infringer’s accounts of profits.
• Statutory Costs - Court charges and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
• Destruction or delivery up to the infringing copies.
In addition to civil remedy, the Copyright Act enables the owner of a copyright to take criminal proceedings against the infringer. If the Copyright protected work is infringed then the copyright owner can directly file a police complaint to stop the misuse of the work. The offence of infringement of copyright is punishable with imprisonment which may extend from a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of three years and or a fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh.