What is Copyright?
Copyright, a very simple yet effective term is a protective tool. It gives you all the legal rights of your own work. It helps to maintain the originality and protects the artistic works of an individual. The works that can be protected under copyright includes literary, musical, dramatic, cinematography and artistic works of Entertainment industry. As an author, your biggest treasure as well as fear is your work. Copyright registration helps you dissolving that fear and lets you enjoy the hard earned name and fame.
Copyright have a long validity. They are valid for the whole lifetime of the copyright owner’s and also sixty years after that. They protect your work from any kind of possible infringement. You have the exclusive rights of your work. A proper procedure is followed in order to register a copyright.Copyright, even act as a strong legal evidence in case of any judicial proceedings related to the concerned work.
Copyright registration in India is governed under Copyright, Act 1957. It is regulated by Copyright Board. An application for Copyright registration can be made either online at the E-filing facility or offline at the Copyright Office or you can apply for Copyright registration here with us to get it done easily.We will take care of your entire application process.
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What is copyright?
Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph 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. The protection provided by copyright to the efforts of writers, artists, designers, dramatists, musicians, architects and producers of sound recordings, cinematograph films and computer software, creates an atmosphere conducive to creativity, which induces them to create more and motivates others to create.
What is the scope of protection in the Copyright Act, 1957?
The Copyright Act, 1957 protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and cinematograph films and sound recordings from unauthorized uses. Unlike the case with patents, copyright protects the expressions and not the ideas. There is no copyright protection for ideas, procedures, methods of operation or mathematical concepts.
Does copyright apply to titles and names?
Copyright does not ordinarily protect titles by themselves or names, short word combinations, slogans, short phrases, methods, plots or factual information. Copyright does not protect ideas or concepts. To get the protection of copyright a work must be original.
Is it necessary to register a work to claim 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 self-evident in a court of law with reference to dispute relating to ownership of copyright.
Where I can file application for registration of copyright for a work?
An application for Copyright registration can be filed either online at the E-filing facility or offline at the Copyright Office or you can apply for Copyright registration here with us to get it done easily.We will take care of your entire application process.
What is the procedure for registration of a work under the Copyright Act, 1957?
The procedure for registration is as follows:
a) Application for registration is to be made on Form IV ( Including Statement of Particulars and Statement of Further Particulars) as prescribed in the first schedule to the Rules ;
What is the fee for registration of a work under the Copyright Act, 1957?
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What are the guidelines regarding registration of a work under the Copyright Act?
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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. Three copies of published work may be sent along with the application. If the work to be registered is unpublished, a copy of the manuscript has to be sent along with the application for affixing the stamp of the Copyright Office in proof of the work having been registered. In case two copies of the manuscript are sent, one copy of the same duly stamped will be returned, while the other will be retained, as far as possible, in the Copyright Office for record and will be kept confidential. It would also be open to the applicant to send only extracts from the unpublished work instead of the whole manuscript and ask for the return of the extracts after being stamped with the seal of the Copyright Office.
When a work has been registered as unpublished and subsequently it is published, the applicant may apply for changes in particulars entered in the Register of Copyright.
The process of registration and fee for registration of copyright is same.
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Whether computer Software or Computer Programme can be registered?
Yes. Computer Software or programme can be registered as a ‘literary work’. As per Copyright Act, 1957 “literary work” includes computer programmes, tables and compilations, including computer databases. ‘Source Code’ has also to be supplied along with the application for registration of copyright for software products.
How can I get copyright registration for my Web-site?
A web-site contains several works such as literary works, artistic works (photographs etc.), sound recordings, video clips, cinematograph films and broadcastings and computer software too. Therefore, a separate application has to be filed for registration of all these works.
How long I have to wait to get my work to get registered by the Copyright office?
It usually takes 2-3 months. You don’t have to wait much if you apply with us. Get it done quickly.
Is an opportunity for hearing given in all the cases pertain to rejection of registration?
Yes. As per the Principles of Natural Justice’ (i.e audi altram paltram) no one can be punished without being heard. As per the rule 27 of the Copyright Rules, 1958 no application is rejected without giving an opportunity to be heard. The applicant himself or his/her pleader may appear in the hearing.
As per section 72 of the Copyright Act, 1957 any person aggrieved by the final decision or order of the Registrar of Copyrights may, within three months from the date of the order or decision, appeal to the Copyright Board.