In India, Copyrights are registered under The Copyright Act, 1957. Copyright is a legal right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. However, ideas, procedures, methods of operation or mathematical concepts cannot be copyrighted. It safeguards and protects the intellectual work. Copyright includes a bundle of rights like the right of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work.
Advantages of Copyrights Registration:
1. Goodwill: Registered copyright can be used for marketing and creating a sense of goodwill and quality in the minds of your customer.
2. Legal Protection: Copyright registration serves as prima facie evidence in the Courts of Law over ownership of the work. Therefore, copyright registration gives the owner legal protection for intellectual work.
3. Restricts Unauthorized Reproduction: Copyright registration helps to impede unauthorized reproduction of the work as it provides the owner with a host of legal remedies in case of infringement.
4. Global Protection: India provides protection to works that are copyrighted in other countries and vise-a-versa.
5. Creation of Asset: Registered copyrights are an intellectual property and the rights can be sold, franchised or commercially contracted. Copyright registration creates an intellectual property, an intangible asset.
What is the process for Copyright Registration ?
Step 1: Generate the enquiry on our website
Step 2: Our expert will provide you with the instructions as to how to proceed
Step 3: Fill up the checklist of documents and provide necessary documents to us
Step 4: We will start the registration process and provide you with the documents submission receipt.
What you will receive in Copyright Registration Package?
1. Expert consultancy.
2. Complete and end to end documentation.
3. Trade Mark Search.
4. Payment of Govt. fees.
5. Certifying and submission of application.
6. Certificate of Registration from TM Registry.
What to consider for registration of Copyright ?
- Sound or recording or music
- Literary work like book or article
- Dramatic works (e.g., scripts for films and dramas)
- Published editions
- Movies, Films and telefilms
- Broadcasts on Radio and Television
1. What is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of intellectual property that grants the creator of an original work, exclusive rights to its use and distribution, usually for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the creator of intellectual wealth to receive compensation for their work. Original works of authorship such as literary works (including computer programs, tables and compilations), dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematographic films and sound recordings. In short everything that can be penned into a paper having created solely by its author.
2. Who can apply for the Copyright Registration?
- Author / Creator or their heirs if the creator is dead;
- Creators of joint work automatically share copyright ownership unless there is a contrary agreement;
- Anyone to whom the Author / Creator has given or assigned his or her copyright.
3. What are the documents required for Copyright Registration?
Click on Get Quotation tab above and fill the details, you will receive required documents list and quotation in few seconds in your mailbox. No charges for requirement list and Quotation.
4. What can be covered under a Copyright?
1. Literary work (i.e. books, articles, notes, etc.);
2. Cinematographic film and photographs;
3. Software / computer programs;
4. Architectural Creations;
5. Sound recordings;
6. Websites and web content;
7. Artistic work;
8. Dramatic, Theatre and musical work;
5. What is the duration of copyright?
Copyright; in case of any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work (other than a photograph) published within the lifetime of the author until 60 years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the author dies.
6. What is not protected by copyright?
- Works that have not been recorded in a tangible, fixed form;
- Work in the public domain;
- Tiles, names, short phrases and slogans, familiar symbols or designs, numbers;
- Ideas and facts;
- Processes and systems;
- Government work;
7. How long the Copyright Protection is available?
1. For original works created after 1977, copyright lasts for the life of Author / Creator + 70 years from the author’s death for his / her heirs;
2. For “works made for hire” corporate works and anonymous work crated after 1977, copyright can last from 95-120 years from the date of its publication;
8. Can a copyright owner transfer some or all of his specific rights?
Yes. When a copyright owner wishes to commercially exploit the work covered by the copyright, the owner typically transfers one or more of these rights to the person or entity who will be responsible for getting the work from market, such as a book or software publisher.