Copyright Policy

If a person or an entity creates something that is tangible and original, they get an exclusive legal right over the work.

The owner will have the right to print, publish, perform, record or film the original work and will decide whether or not someone can use it.

This is a copyright.

The purpose of copyrights is to encourage original ideas and reward them by protecting the special rights of the creator.

Work that can be copyrighted

  • Literary work: Books, articles, poems, reference works.
  • Art: Paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs.
  • Drama: films, Tv Shows, movies, plays. choreography.
  • Music: recordings, compositions.
  • Other Audio-visual work or online videos.
  • Video Games, computer programs and databases.
  • Advertisements.
  • Architecture, maps and technical drawings.

However, copyrights do not extend to

  • Ideas.
  • Commonly known information, facts and mathematical concepts.
  • Processes/methods of operations/procedure.
  • Names, titles and slogans.

Copyright Infringement
If you use or copy a copyrighted work without prior permission, it will be called a copyright infringement.

Some examples include:
✓ Using images on your websites or in your advertisements that have been modified.
✓ Creating videos with copyrighted words, music or songs.
✓ Recording copyrighted content in your own TV, phone, theatre, radio and calling it yours.
✓ Copying an artistic work
✓ Downloading music and films from unauthorized sources.

What happens in case of copyright infringement?

  • The owner of the work can send a copyright infringement notice to the infringing party.
  • A lawsuit can be filed against the offender.
  • The offender can attract civil penalties, criminal penalties, statutory damages and copyright infringement damages. Profits lost directly because of infringement can also be charged.

How can I use work protected by copyrights?
You can use such work after obtaining permission or license from the owner of the work. This ensures lawful authorization.
If there are any limitations and exceptions at national level that allow use of copyrighted work, you do not need authorization.
If the work is publicly available under a license that allows the use, no permissions are required. However, it is advised to understand all conditions laid down under such license.

What is Fair Use?
Work protected by copyrights can be used for ‘fair use’ without authorization. This includes using the work for the following purposes:
Criticism, parody, news, research, scholarship and teaching.

Common Mistakes that count as Infringement

  • Copying or using a copyrighted work still counts as infringement even when you are:
  • Giving credits to the owner.
  • Copying 10-20% of content and thinking it is okay to just use a part of it.
  • Adapting copyright work and calling it your own
  • Using anything that is publicly accessible on the internet and is free to use without checking copyrights.
  • Copying or using copyrighted content because others have also done it.
  • Purchasing content thinking it cannot violate copyright laws.
  • Using phrases like ‘I do not own this’ or ‘No infringement intended’.

So let’s be very careful when intending to use copyrighted work and never violate any copyright laws.

Intellemo does not support any kind of copyright infringement. It is required that the users of the platform respect copyright laws and publish accordingly.