Copyleft!

Copyleft!

Dhwani Bhinde
Pravin Gandhi College of Law, The University of Mumbai

As compared to copyright, copyleft is a fairly new concept in the international arena. Copylefting was kind of a rebellious movement against copyrighting the work which was the sole authority of its creator and he could prohibit recipients from reproducing, adapting, or distributing copies of his work. On the contrary to this, copyleft licensing involved a process wherein the creator of the work himself gave permission to the receiver of the work, to reproduce, adapt or distribute his work provided the resulting copies or adaptations are bound by same licensing agreement. Thus, copyleft gave a wider scope to the public to access data freely and thus revolutionising the whole software industry. With the technological advancements, many people are found guilty of copyright infringement directly or indirectly and monopolizing the rights of the creator has inhibited the development of that particular work since it is a sole prerogative of the creator and any modifications made there under would result into infringement as well as invites paying hefty royalty or compensation to the creator of the work. Copylefting would ensure that though the author gives the right to modification to work, its adaptation etc. it be done under compatible term and all the right of protection of the author are not suspended. It can help in growth and development of that art, concept or a literature and would prevent its stagnation. Also, copyrighting has become extremely stringent paving ways to illegal infringement. Considering issues faced by copyrighting, copyleft licensing can be given a thought to. This paper gives an insight on concept of Copyleft, how it evolved, why it was necessary, how it works, does it nullify the concept of copyrighting etc. The paper also mentions about the commercial uses of copyleft work, as well as copyleft with context to India.

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