Copyright Registration

Copyright registration is necessary to protects one’s intellectual property or work and to secure it, so that no one can copy that work. Once you obtain copyright registration, you then become the absolute legal owner of your property. After registration, no one can use the registered work without the consent of its legal owner. The owner of the work can charge a fee from the person who intends to use his work. Copyright registration helps in prevention of unlawful reproduction of the protected work.

As per the Indian copyright laws, the owner of such intellectual property has the right to distribute, translate, reproduce etc. and can authorize another individual to do the same.

Works which can be copyrighted

  1. Cinematography film- Any cinematography work such as visual recordings.
  2. Sound recording- Any sound recordings made by any individual.
  3. Books- Any book or novel written by a particular writer.
  4. Artistic work like paintings, photographs- Any paintings made by an artist.
  5. Literary work- Any published or unpublished work.
  6. Computer Programs – Computer programs fall under the category of literary work, for this purpose.
  7. Website- Any website developed and maintained by any individual.
  8. Broadcasts on Radio and Television- Any broadcast made over the radio or television.

Procedure

APPLICATION: Application for registration is made via Form XIV along with the prescribed fee. A separate application is to be made for separate works.

FIXATION OF DATE: The Registrar after receiving the application will issue a dairy no. and invite objections for a period of 30 days.

OBJECTIONS ON THE APPLICATION: If there is no objection received, the Examiner will examine the application to check for any discrepancies and shall approve the application and send it to the Registrar for entry in the Register of Copyright.

REPLY TO THE OBJECTIONS: In case an objection is received, the Examiner will send a notification letter for the same to both the parties and also fix a date of hearing to resolve such objection and if the objection is still not clarified, the application will be rejected along with a rejection letter issued to the applicant.

REGISTRATION: After hearing the parties if the objection raised gets resolved, the examiner then will re-examine the application and approve or reject such application as he may think fit.

Advantages & Benefits

  • Legal Protection

After registration, legal protection is granted to that original work. Additionally, it gives the right to the legal owner or the creator to reach out the people who are copying his/her work.

  • Protection Post Death of Copyright Holder

Copyright protection is available for a lifetime plus 60 years post creator’s death.

  • Copyright as an Evidence

Copyrighted work can be used as evidence in the court of law.

  • Recognition of the Copyrighted Work

The copyright holder also has the right to publish their work outside India. This further limit the use of such copyrighted work without due consent of the creator.

  • Economic Benefits of Copyright

A copyrighted work can be licensed or assigned for commercial usage.

Duration of Copyright in India

The duration of a copyright is for one’s lifetime plus 60 years post creator’s death.

  • Any Musical, Dramatic or Artistic work- The duration of any musical, dramatic or artistic work is for 60 years from the date of registration of such work.
  • Any Anonymous or pseudonymous work- The duration of any Anonymous or pseudonymous work is for 60 years from the date of publishing such work.
  • Sound recording or cinematography work- In case of sound recording and cinematography work, the duration of copyright is 60 years from the date it was first published.

Legal Rights Involved in Copyright

  • Right to publish work

The owner has the discretion to publish his/her work where they desire.

  • Right to Reproduce Work

No other person other than the copyright owner can reproduce the work without his/her consent.

  • Right to Adaptation

The right to adaptation is available only to the owner i.e., the owner can adapt the original work into another medium. Following works can be use as the purpose of adaptation:

  1. Transformation of any dramatic work into a non-dramatic work and vice-versa.
  2. Transformation of any artistic work in any medium by using electronic or other means.
  3. Depiction of two-dimensional artistic work into three-dimensional work and vice-versa.
  • Right to Perform or Communicate in Public

The owner has the right to communicate or perform his work in the form of visual images or by broadcasting.

  • Right to Distribution

The owner has the right to distribute, which means he can license or assign his work for the purpose of selling, renting etc.

Copyright is a type of intellectual property protection which is used to safeguard one’s unique creation, to prevent unlawful usage.

Any literary work, cinematography film, sound recording, dramatic work or artistic work such as paintings and photographs, computer programmes, books such as novel, broadcast on radio and television etc., are provided with protection under the copyright laws.

The documents which are required for the copyright registration is the general information about the candidate such as name, address and nationality of the candidate, 2 copies of work he has produced, power of attorney in case if the candidate is filing the registration through any legal firm or advocate, and in case where the creator is not filing the application then the candidate who is filing the application on his behalf has to present no objection certificate from the creator.

The copyright holder has the various social, economic and legal rights which are as follows - • Freedom to make any adaptation of his work in the case of a literary, dramatic or musical work, not being a computer programme. • Right to perform and/or communicate his work in public • Right to protection against the infringement of work. • Right to reproduce work in any material • Right to distribute

A copyright holder is entitled to the following benefits- • Global recognition • Goodwill and brand value • Extension of copyright protection up to 60 years from the death of the copyright holder • Ability to trade, sell, license or assign work efficiently

The duration of a copyright is for one’s lifetime plus 60 years post creator’s death.

What's included

  • Filing of Form XIV
  • Consultation with our Copyright Expert
  • Diary number of the Application from Copyright Registrar

Documents Required

  • General information about the candidate
  • Copies of the work produced by candidate
  • Power of attorney
  • No objection certificate from the creator
  • e-KYC of the legal owner/creator

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