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Copyright registration in India is enrolled under Copyright Act, 1957. It provides a kind of safety so that the work carried out by the creator of work cannot be copied by anyone and to restore the uniqueness of the product. There are bundles of rights under Copyright like communication to the public, the rights of reproduction, adaptation, and translation of the work.
Copyright is basically a legal right which has been provided to the creators of literature, dramatics, musical and artistic work and even the producer’s films and sound recordings. Sometimes even businesses and startups get copyright registration related to instruction manuals, product literature and user guides. Usually, copyright is possessed by a creator of the work, but sometimes even the employer of its creator or the person who has authorised the work can own the copyright.
The creators or owners of original work can always protect their work through copyright registration. It helps them against infringement.
With copyright registration, your creative work is gets promoted among mass in a single go. It can be easily used for publicising or for marketing in the mind of the customer.
Rights over dissemination, translation, reproduction and adaptation of work have been fully assigned to the creator of work.
Copyright registration helps you in protecting your unique work and will act as an evidence in the court of law over ownership of the work.
It restricts to produce duplicity of the unique work and give more preference to the owner of work.
People come to know about registered work easily and it is easily searchable on many platforms with the registered database.
It generates an intellectual property. Registered copyrights can be sold, commercially contracted or franchised with the prior permission of the owner.
As it is always said, branding plays an important role in promoting your work. So, Copyright registration can even help you to create a sense of goodwill and quality in the minds of your customer.
India allows or provides privilege to the work which copyrighted in many other countries and vice-versa. Copyright registration in India is accorded protection in many other countries.
Just like Trademark and Patent, Copyright is also one of the intellectual property protection. The Copyright Act, 1957 helps you in protecting the original or genuine literature, drama, music and artistic work. And ideas, procedures or even the methods of operation can never be copyrighted. In a layman’s language, a copyright is an exclusive right granted to the owner in order to protect his work from being copied, exploited or misused.
Doing a particular work takes lots of efforts and energy and therefore protecting the work done is as important as doing a work. Hence, one of the mediums through which one can protect as well as enjoy certain rights over his/ her works is Copyright.
The only owner of registered work can use the product or even can grant permission to another person. Copyrights are also transferrable.
Various Legal Rights
It basically protects the expression of ideas (e.g. words & illustrations), alone it cannot be protected. The following may be protected under copyright law:
Literary works (e.g., written books, computer programs, website)
Dramatic works (e.g., scripts for films and dramas)
Musical works (e.g., melodies)
Artistic works (e.g., paintings, photographs)
Movies, Films and telefilms
Broadcasts on Radio and Television
Personal details: This includes the Name, Address and Nationality of Applicant. Applicant should specify the nature. Whether he is the owner or the representative?
Nature of the work: This includes class & description of the work, title of the Work. In case of a website copyright, give the URL of the website. You also need be mention the language of the Work
Date of Publication: Mention the date of Publication in internal magazines (if possible). Like a company magazine or a research paper submitted to a professor does not count as publication.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can get a copyright for any unique and creative content. This could range from design, sketch, painting, song recording, music video, movie file, poem, book or even a short story.
Copyright protection typically lasts for 60 years. In the case of original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the 60-year period is counted from the year following the death of the author. In the case of cinematographic films, sound recordings, photographs, anonymous and pseudonymous publications, works of government and works of international organisations, the 60-year period is counted from the date of publication.
Any person claiming to be the owner of the work to be copyrighted can apply for copyright registration. The person can be an individual, company, NGO or any other.
A trademark is a mark given to a brand to protect the brand name, Logo or Slogan. A copyright is a Protection given to unique content such as books, music, videos, songs or even software.
A copy of the work needs to be provided along with the address and identity proof of the owner is required. For a company, the name of the company along with its Certificate of Incorporation and Address proof is required.
A copyright is valid in India. However, if you have filed a copyright in India, you can use this as evidence before any government to prove that you were using the copyrighted content first.
A copyright is given to content, while a patent is given to an invention.
A copyright registration is an intellectual property, which can be sold, transferred, gifted and franchised. Copyright registration gives the owner of the work ownership over the work and any person wishing to use the work must obtain the registered copyright owners consent.
No. Copyright is applicable for only unique content. The content can be book, song, film, software, fashion designs.
Whosoever has worked on unique content or produced some unique content, song, or any data can apply for copyright registration in India.