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    Are the contents posted on a website bound by the author's copyright?


    Do you wish to know who owns the copyright of the content posted on a website? Then you are on the right page. Experts will answer this question here.

    Authors post contents on different websites. Who owns the copyright of the posted content: is it the author of the posted content or the owner of the website? What is the role of the copyright terms and conditions on the website agreed upon by the new members at the time of registration? Is it as good as a legally executed agreement? Awaiting valuable advice from experts.
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  • The content on most of the websites written by the editors of the website is usually copy right protected. We can usually check the DMCA protected logo at the end of the web page. It is not compulsory that all the web sites have to mention this but, the copyright act will be applicable on all websites. Authors and editors of website usually monetize their content so you cannot expect the content to be borrowed unless and until you take prior permission from the author.

    Stealing the content is considered as crime as someone who steals the content will be eligible for punishment under copyright act. When the author finds his article on some other webpage (believe me there are efficient tools available for website authors on Google) can file a case according to DMCA act. The laws under copyright and DCMA act are as stricter as other theft laws.

    Even our India study channel authors have their own copyright and they can file DMCA case on other websites and blog writers with the assistance of ISC.

    Regards,
    Venkat Satish Mamidisetti,
    Power Plant Operations Engineer.

  • Adding to the response given by Venkat, I would like to mention it is DMCA (not DCMA), which stands for Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This act takes care of the penalties upon any kind of copyright infringement on the Internet or World Wide Web.

    Generally, as soon as a website or blog publishes its original content of any form (be it text, photo, audio, video, document or scripts), it becomes the property of that website and/or the original author.

    Copyright terms and conditions control the scope of the usability of the copyrighted content. In other words, copyright refers to the ownership of any intellectual property that exists due to your efforts and intellect.

    While as soon as you write a book, a blog or something on your website, it becomes your property and becomes copyrighted, 'but' at the same time, if someone challenges your work and proves in the court that it belongs to him/her, you should also have enough proof of creating and ownership of the content, hence it is always good to have a copyright for your work in your country (This is a paid copyright option and comes at varied monetary charges for different types of intellectual properties including music and drama as well).

    For Indian owners of some content, they can contact the Copyright Office of India, located at New Delhi, India. All the latest information regarding the 'Copyright Act of India' and the ownership of intellectual property in India can be known from their website and office.
    One can use the official telephone number of Copyright Office in India that is, +91-11-23362436 or mail them at copyright[at]nic.in

    The official website for Copyright Office, India is mentioned below.

    Regards,
    Ank Arya

    "Your value does not decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth"

  • Whenever you contribute something on a website there are terms and conditions which you have to read carefully. If the content is publishing in your name and you will be the owner of that content without any doubt. In the end it is clearly stated that you will be responsible for what you write or post. Hence, you are the owner without any doubt because in the end you are the one who have to face all the consequences.

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