ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Conferring 'Moral Rights' on Actors

Copyright Act and Manisha Koirala case

The Manisha Koirala case has served to highlight the absence of protection to film actors in the Indian Copyright Act. Indian film stars have a global fan-following which translates into considerable commercial value. It is important that their on-screen image be protected. Such legal protection can be afforded by conferring `moral rights' - the right to be acknowledged as the creator of a work and the right to prevent distortion/mutilation of one's work.

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