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Meaning of Copyright in Pakistan


Barrister Ahmad Farooq Malik, Partner AFMalik Law.

The meaning of Copyright is well illustrated in section 3 of the Copyright Ordinance, 1962, as an ‘exclusive right’ by virtue of the use of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or cinematographic works and examined further through examples as covered by the Ordinance.

The State v Muhammad Amin Haroon & Others, explains what is meant by a copyright in the following words: “In common parlance the copyright can be defined as the sole and exclusive liberty of printing or otherwise multiplying copies of any literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. It exists in original literary, dramatic and musical works, and cinematograph films and records. For the purposes of Copyright Ordinance, there has to be some intellectual property, literary work, script, lecture, musical work, photograph, cinematograph work and others and the original owner thereof.” [1]

See further: In Safdar Hussain v. Mst. Noshi (Nishat) Gillani and others [PLD 2016 Lahore 563].

[1] The State v Muhammad Amin Haroon & Others [2010 PCrLJ 518]