Copyright Registration

Copyright is a form of legal right and an Intellectual Property protection, given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. The Copyright Act, 1957 governs the registration of Copyright in India. Copyright Registration provides a safeguard to insure that the creativity is rewarded and intellectual work is protected.Copyright can be taken for the following works:
  • Music
  • Books
  • Manuscripts
  • Films
  • Software
  • Fashion Designs

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Copyright is a type of legal right and Intellectual Property protection afforded by the law to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, as well as producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. The Copyright Act of 1957 governs copyright registration in India. Copyright registration is a safeguard that ensures creativity is rewarded and intellectual work is protected. Copyright protects and rewards creativity by ensuring minimum safeguards for author’s rights over their works. Because creativity is the bedrock of progress, no civilized society can afford to ignore the fundamental need to foster it.

The copyright protection afforded to the efforts of writers, artists, designers, dramatists, musicians, architects, and producers of sound recordings, cinematograph films, and computer software fosters a creative environment, inducing and motivating them to create more and motivating others to create. Music, books, manuscripts, films, fashion designs, training manuals, software, literary work, performance, and paintings, among other things, can be protected by copyright. Apply Trademark is here to help you and makes it simple to register your Copyright Registration in India.

Copyright can be taken for the following types of works

Books

The most common uses for copyright registration for literary works are book publishing and newsletters, which provide legal protection to the author's works.

Software

Software copyright registration prevents any individual or third-party company from gaining unauthorized access to the software. The code, as well as copies of artwork and audiovisual content, must be included with the application to protect software copyrights.

Scripts

Copyrighting a creative work, such as a script, prevents others from unauthorized using it.

Lyrics

Protecting your song's copyright is critical because it is now easier than ever for others to use your work without attribution.

Websites

You only have copyright rights to the elements of your own website as a composer, owner, producer, or author.

Music

If you do not have recognized copyright for your music, asserting your rights in a copyright infringement claim may be difficult.

Why is a Copyright Registration beneficial?

Branding and Goodwill: Registered copyright can be used for marketing and instilling a sense of goodwill and quality in your customers’ minds. Copyright registration demonstrates to others that you value your work.
Restricts Unauthorized Reproduction: Registering your copyright shows that you are serious about copyright infringement. This will help to prevent unauthorized reproduction of the work by providing the owner with a slew of legal options.
Global Protection: Because copyright registration is not limited to borders, you can also obtain international copyright protection. It is possible to import and export entire or partial works with copyright protection.
Legal Protection: Copyright protection enables the copyright holder to sue infringers in court. Adequate evidence relating to the validity of the copyright and the facts stated in the copyright certificate can be presented in court if legal action is taken before or within a certain time after the date of publication. After registering the material, the owner of the material can sue the infringers in court.
Asset Creation: The original copyright holder can pass on or sell the rights to a third party. Copyright protection allows you to sell or transfer your rights to another person. Copyrighted works may be used, repurposed, reproduced, and sold in their entirety.

Documents Required to Register Copyright in India

  • Information about the applicant’s name, address, and nationality.

  • Information about the Class and the Work Description.

  • If published, include the date of publication as well as three copies of the work.

  • By nature of Applicant’s Interest in the Copyright, you must state whether the applicant is the author of the work or a representative of the author.

    • Information about the work’s title and language.

Copyright Registration Process

Copyright Registration

Application Submission: An application (including all particulars and a statement of particulars) in the format of FORM XIV must be submitted to the registrar, along with the necessary fees (mentioned in the Schedule 2 of the act.). Separate works require a separate application. Every application must be signed by both the applicant and an Advocate in whose favour a Power of Attorney has been executed. We also require the applicant’s signature in jpeg format.

Copyright Registration

Examining a copyright application: The registrar will issue a Dairy No., and then there is a mandatory 30-day waiting period for any objections to be received. If no objections are received within 30 days, the scrutinizer will review the application for any discrepancies, and if none exist, the registration will be completed, and an extract will be sent to the registrar for entry into the Register of Copyright.

Copyright Registration

Objection: If the examiner receives an objection, he or she will notify both parties in writing and schedule a hearing for them.

Copyright Registration

Hearing: If the objections are resolved at the hearing, the scrutinizer will examine the application and either approve or reject it.

Copyright Registration

Copyright registration: The final step in this process is Copyright registration in India. The registrar may request additional documents at this stage. When the Registrar of Copyrights is completely satisfied with the applicant’s copyright claim, he or she will enter the details of the copyright into the register of copyrights and issue a certificate of registration. The copyright registration process is completed when the applicant receives the Extracts from the Register of Copyrights (ROC).

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Copyright?
2. Copyright Registration is mandatory?
3. What documents are necessary for Copyright Registration?
4. Who can file a Copyright Registration and what all is protected under it?
5. How is Copyright different than Patent or a Trademark?
6. What are the benefits of registering a trademark?
7. What rights are given under Copyright Protection?
8. What is the term of Copyright Protection in India?
9. Can I sell or transfer a Copyright Registration?