Director's authorship under indian copyright law: An (Un) Indian approach?

Vyas, Lokesh and Agarwal, Akshat (2021) Director's authorship under indian copyright law: An (Un) Indian approach? Journal of Intellectual Property Studies, 4 (1). pp. 1-17.

[thumbnail of JIPS2021.pdf] Text
JIPS2021.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (223kB) | Request a copy


A movie is an expression of its author’s idea and an indubitable reflection of society. However, the authorship of a movie is a nebulous concept and varies from country to country. In India, the producer is the author of a movie whereas, in the UK, both the principal director and the producer are authors. The recent rift over the remaking of the movie Mr. India has kindled the debate over the director’s right on a film when the original director expressed his disappointment over the news of a remake of the movie by director Ali Abbas Zafar. The present essay is an attempt to discuss cinematic authorship and to highlight the legislative flaw in granting the authorship of the movie, to the producer. The author has also accentuated the inconceivable extension of authorship to non-human entities which further stretches the concept of a moral right to non-human entities. In conclusion, the author has argued that the present cinematic setting is a relic of the British’ Copyright Act, 1956 and needs to be amended now.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: India | Copyright law | British copyright | Film
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr Sombir Dahiya
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2022 15:51
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2022 15:51
Official URL:


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item
View Item