Copyright in Nehru's State Papers<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI:
Copyright in Nehru's State Papers1

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This article raises the question of the status, in law and morality, of the documents composed by public servants, ministers and others, while in office. Do they belong to the person or the state? Can they be used by any scholar or kept under wraps? Finally, can they be willed away to anyone or are they inherited by their heirs if they die intestate? There is lack of clarity about the copyright holder of Jawaharlal Nehru's papers. The copyright status of Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru is unclear whereas the copyright of his Letters to Chief Minister vests in the Government of India. In India, legislation is needed for acquisition by law of state papers of all former ministers and prime ministers, particularly those who participated in the freedom movement. Papers written by a person while in public office belongs to the state, legally and morally.

Keywords: copyright; state papers; public office; Jawaharlal Nehru; personal papers; letters

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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