World Book and Copyright Day

Do you remember the days when your parent used to narrate a story to you from your favourite book? The  captivating tales and poems would take you to your own world of fiction and imagination. The beauty of words made our childhood so much fun.

Books have been a part of human lives for  a very long time. Books contain our culture, history and literature. Books hold our memories, hopes, dreams and thoughts. Books are chronicles of the human race. Reading is like travelling to new places without physically moving.

It is important to feed our minds the way we feed our bodies.  Reading books helps us to build our thoughts and ideas and increase our knowledge. UNESCO observes 23 April as World Book and Copyright Day to support and encourage reading, publishing and copyright It is surprising to note that World Book and Copyright Day falls on the same date on which prominent authors like William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega breathed their last. The day celebrates the spirits of authors and readers, as well as publishers, booksellers and libraries all over the world, who are making constant efforts to improve the reading experience.

Publishing a book requires almost as much effort as writing a book. If writing a book requires creativity, then getting it published requires a business mind. From this perspective, an author can been seen as a brand and his creations can be viewed as ‘products’ which need proper protection, especially in a country like India, where people are not  very aware about the legal issues related to publishing.

Here are a few points which will help increase your knowledge about copyright.


  • Human Rights Declaration: According to  Article 27 of UNESCO’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every individual has the right to participate in the cultural life of the community and contribute to arts and scientific advancement, irrespective of their caste, creed and gender. Also, any scientific, literary or artistic production of which a person is the author has the right to be protected.


  • Copyright: As per the Copyright Act of 1957, every creation, whether a book or a musical production, has the right to be protected. Copyright law exists to protect the author’s work from further use without their permission. Any expression, text or image will be taken care of under the copyright act. As per the law, copyright is automatic but it is advisory for an author to ask for a legal certificate. Term of copyright in India is 60 years. Copyright should be a written agreement as oral contracts are not valid under the law.


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  • Defamation: It is very important for an author to maintain accuracy while dealing with biographies or writing about public figures. Any comment or remark which is false can be considered as harming the stature of a person. It is advised to double check facts before printing.


  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism is as illegal as robbery. To protect your work from getting plagiarized, it is advised to apply for a copyright certificate. Copying any author’s content will also ruin your reputation as author and lessen your chances of getting published.


We hope this blog post helps increase your knowledge and understanding of copyright and its aspects. Keep writing, keep reading!

Gurleen Sethi is Executive – Marketing with Viva Books. She is a happy-go-lucky person, who believes in enjoying little things in life. Writing is her passion and a great stress buster.

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