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What Is Copyright Registration

The Copyright Act, 1957 (“Copyright Act”), supported by the Copyright Rules, 1958 (“Copyright Rules”), is the governing law for copyright protection in India. Substantial amendments were carried out to the Copyright Act, in early 2012 (“Amendment”). Some of the salient amendments have been discussed in this section. The Copyright Act provides that a copyright subsists in an original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, cinematographic films, and sound recordings.
However, no copyright subsists in a cinematographic film if a substantial part of the film is an infringement of the copyright in any other work or in a sound recording, if in making the sound recording of a literary, dramatic or musical work, copyright in such work is infringed. A computer programme is treated as a “literary work” and is protected as such. The term of copyright is, in most cases, the lifetime of the author plus 60 years thereafter.

What Rights does Copyright Provide?

A copyright grants protection to the creator and his representatives for the works and prevents such works from being copied or reproduced without his/ their consent. The creator of a work can prohibit or authorize anyone to:

  • Reproduce the work in any form, such as print, sound, video, etc.
  • Use the work for a public performance, such as a play or a musical work;
  • Make copies/recordings of the work, such as via compact discs, cassettes, etc.;
  • Broadcast it in various forms.
  • Translate the same to other languages

Advantages of Copyright

Promotion of your creative work

These serve as prima facie evidence with reference to dispute relating to ownership of copyright.

Protection of ownership from unnecessary disputes

Certifiacte of registration is considered “admissible evidence” in the court of law

Documents Required

  • 2 Copies of work
  • DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work
  • NOC from author if applicant is different from author.
  • NOC from publisher if work published and publisher is different from applicant.
  • Search Certificate from Trade Mark Office (TM -60) if the work is being used on goods or capable of being used on the goods.
  • NOC from person whose photograph appears on the work.
  • If the application is being filed through attorney, a specific Power of Attorney in original duly signed by the applicant and accepted by the attorney.

Cost Breakdown

Iterrary / Dramatic/ Artistic
at Rs 3499/- (all inclusive)
Cinematographic Film
AT Rs 7999/- (all inclusive)
Music/ Sound Recording
at Rs 3499/- (all inclusive)
Computer Software
at Rs 3499/- (all inclusive)

Copyright Registration Process

Application Preparation

  • Our Copyright Expert will prepare the copyright application. We will prepare your application within 2 – 3 working days based on the information provided.

Copyright Filing

  • Once, the copyright application is prepared and signed by you, we can file it with the Copyright Registrar electronically or manually.

Copyright Registration

  • Once the copyright application is filed with the Registrar, the Government processing will start. Copyright registration takes anywhere between 2 – 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Copyright

Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematographic films and sound recordings. In fact, it is a bundle of rights including, inter alia, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work. There could be slight variations in the composition of the rights depending on the work.
Copyright ensures certain minimum safeguards of the rights of authors over their creations, thereby protecting and rewarding creativity.

Creativity being the keystone of progress, no civilized society can afford to ignore the basic requirement of encouraging the same. Economic and social development of a society is dependent on creativity. The protection provided by copyright to the efforts of writers, artists, designers, dramatists, musicians, architects and producers of sound recordings, cinematographic films and computer software, creates an atmosphere conducive to creativity, which induces them to create more and motivates others to create.

Is it necessary to register a work to claim the Copyright

No. Acquisition of copyright is automatic and it does not require any formality. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created and no formality is required to be completed for acquiring copyright. However, certificate of registration of copyright and the entries made therein serve as prima facie evidence in a court of law with reference to dispute relating to ownership of copyright.

Whether unpublished works are registered?

Yes. Both published and unpublished works can be registered. Copyright in works published before 21st January, 1958, i.e., before the Copyright Act, 1957 came in force, can also be registered, provided the works still enjoy copyright

How can I get copyright registration for my website

A web-site contains several works such as literary works, artistic works (photographs etc.), sound recordings, video clips, cinematographic films and broadcasting and computer software too. Therefore, a separate application has to be filed for registration of all these works.