World Book and Copyright Day



Every year April 23rd is recognized as symbolic date for literature and therefore is distinguished as World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of Book). The date signifies major events such as date of death of Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in the year 1616 and also associated with several prominent authors such as Maurice Druon (born in 1918), Haldor K.Laxness (born in 1902), Vladimir Nabokov (born in 1899), Josep Pla (died in 1981) and Manuel Mejía Vallejo (born in 1923). Therefore, as a gesture to pay respect to the books and their authors and laws of copyright that protect them, the Unites Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organizes annual event on April 23 every year, to promote reading books, plays, literary competitions, actions to promote understanding of Copyright Laws and other protections for the intellectual property of the authors.

It is important to understand that the intention of copyright laws across jurisdiction is to protect and promote the original creative ideas of author / artist. The aim of copyright is to make the original work available to the public and thereby further motivating them to create new ideas either by reference to the existing works or by making a new original creative work themselves. The protection under the copyright gives the creator exclusive right to promote his work, both commercial and non-commercial, and also gives the right to be associated / acknowledged for any further progress derived from his original idea. With one idea several creations can be made and therefore, it is important to recognize every creation, expressed by the author, in order to open space for more creativity and imagination. And therefore, to protect such creativities / imagination, copyright laws play a major role in identifying the work with its author.

S.S. Rana & Co. wishes everyone a Happy World Copyright Day!


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