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Copyright is the exclusive right given to the creator for the original creative work he/she has done and gets exclusive legal right to determine whether he/she wants their work to get copied or used by others.
Copyright registration thus is the process of filing of copyright application in return giving you exclusive rights of your creative work.

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What is a copyright?

Copyright definition: The exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.

Copyright corresponds to the intellectual property owner's legal right. When someone develops a product that is deemed unique and requires significant cognitive activity in order to produce it, this product becomes intellectual property that must be secured from unauthorized replication. Computer software, art, poetry, graphic designs, musical lyrics and compositions, novels, film, original architectural designs, website content, etc. are examples of distinctive creations.

Anyone with an original work of authorship will automatically have the copyright to that work, deterring anyone else from using it or replicating it. The original owner may voluntarily register the copyright if he or she wishes to have an upper hand in the legal system if the need arises. A copyright does not protect ideas, discoveries, concepts and theories. Brand names, logos, slogans, domain names and titles cannot be protected under copyright law as well.

Copyright law in India: The Indian Copyright Act, 1957 as amended from time to time and the Indian Copyright Rules, 1958 (Rules) governs the system of copyrights in India. 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.

Copyright V/S trademark V/S patents

While copyright law is not all-encompassing, additional sanctions may be imposed by other laws, such as patent and trademark laws. Although copyrights, trademarks, and patents are often used interchangeably, they are various forms of intellectual property protection. Trademark laws protect content that is used to distinguish between the work of an individual or company and another entity. These materials include words, phrases, or symbols — like logos, slogans, and brand names — which are not covered by copyright laws. A patent is a right, granted by the government, to exclude others from making, using, or selling your invention. Patents protect inventions such as new processes, machines, or chemicals. The central idea is that patents protect ideas, not just expressions of them. The main effect of patents is to give their holders the right to challenge any use of the invention by a third party. He thereby gave a temporary monopoly of exploitation which can be understood as a financial incentive for inventive industrial activities.

Registrar of Copyrights

The register of the Registrar of Copyrights is divided into 6 categories:

PART – 1: Literary works other than computer Programs (Eg: Copyright of a book in India)
PART – 2: Copyright for Musical Works
PART – 3: Artistic Works
PART – 4: Cinematography Films
PART – 5: Sound Recording
PART – 6: Computer Programs, tables & Compilations

work under the Copyright Act, 1957?

The procedure for copyright registration is as follows:

Why is copyright important?

Copyright is extremely important to because it constitutes the ownership of one's original work. Having ownership means you can protect your work as intellectual property and control who makes money from it—which is you and those to whom you assign rights.

Documents required for Copyright registration

Name, Address & Nationality of the Applicant
Name, address and nationality of the author of the work
Nature of the applicant's interest in the copyright

whether the applicant is the author of the work or the representative of the author

Copies of the original work, ID proof of the owner and Incorporation certificate if it is for business
Class & Description of the Work
Title of the Work
Language of the Work
Date of Publication

Publication in internal magazines, like a company magazine or a research paper submitted to a professor does not count as publication.

Government fees for copyright registration

Rights of the copyright owner

Why choose us?

Your hunt for the best copyright consultant in Noida is over...
At CharteredMunshi, our Copyright professionals and lawyers will offer legal advice and end-to-end support right from filing the application, collecting the details, till your work gets registered. The entire process is done online so there is no need for you to step out and follow up with the government authorities. We will take care of all the mandatory requirements as well.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the scope of copyright under copyright Act, 1957?

The Indian Copyright Act, 1957 as amended from time to time and the Indian Copyright Rules, 1958 (Rules) governs the system of copyrights in India. 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.

Can a copyright expire? / How long is a copyright valid for?

The duration of copyright is the lifetime of the author or artist in the case of original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, and 60 years are counted from the year after the author's death. For cinematographic films, sound recordings, photographs, posthumous publications, anonymous and pseudonymous publications, government works and international organizations' works are protected for a period of 60 years from the year after the date of publication.

Is copyright registration mandatory in India?

In India, copyright registration is not compulsory since registration is treated as a mere record of a fact. No new rights are created or conferred by registration and are not a prerequisite for initiating action against infringement.

What rights does a copyright owner have?
  • Right of Reproduction
    The right allows the person with such copyright to copy the secured work in any way whatsoever. A song on a Compact Device or any audio and visual recording can be regarded as a reproduction of the content in the modern context of copying. The author's permission is required before copying unless it can be shown that such copying is not intended to benefit commercially.
  • Right to Distribute
    Distributing the right is an off-shoot of the right of reproduction. The person who owns the owner of the copyright can distribute his work in whatever way he considers fit.
  • Right to Follow
    In general, this privilege is only given to authors and artists. This empowers the writers to get a share of his work's subsequent sales and is considered the right to follow. In other words, it is the copyright of literary work/ copyright of artistic work in India.
  • Right of Paternity
    The right of paternity or attribution grants a right to claim authorship of the work to the copyright owner. A copyright owner can demand due credit for any of his works under the Right of Paternity.
Do I need a trademark or a copyright? What is the difference?

While copyright law is not all-encompassing, additional sanctions may be imposed by other laws, such as patent and trademark laws. Although copyrights, trademarks, and patents are often used interchangeably, they are various forms of intellectual property protection. Trademark laws protect content that is used to distinguish between the work of an individual or company and another entity. These materials include words, phrases, or symbols — like logos, slogans, and brand names — which are not covered by copyright laws.

Is copyright valid across the world or in India only?

Copyright as provided by the Indian Copyright Act is valid only within the borders of the country.

Can I get to know whether my work is copyrighted or not before applying?
The following are steps describing how to find out if something is copyrighted:
  • Perform a search in the online copyright index.
  • Look over the results.
  • Narrow the search, if needed.
How to copyright software?
Software copyrighting process is as follows:
  • File the application for copyright registration: along with the application, attach the “software source code”, as it's this you want to copyright registration for.
  • Get the diary number: Once you file the application, the source code will be published in the diary.
  • Wait for 30 days: It's the time period where the code will be visible to the general public. If they don't oppose your application, jump to the next step. But if they do, you need to get ready for copyright hearing.
  • Application examination: An examiner will thoroughly scrutinize your application – provided that it's accepted – for errors. If there are any discrepancies, the examiner will notify you with the Letter of Discrepancy. You'll have to reply to this letter. Then, there will a hearing. If there are no errors, only one thing will remain.
  • Registration approval: The registrar will approve or reject the registration. If your application is rejected, you'll need to go through the whole process again or, you'll just have to drop the desire to copyright your software. But if the registrar approves your application, you will notify you about the success.
Can I sell or transfer my copyright registration?

Copyright can only be 'assigned' (sold or given away) by the execution of a written document signed by the copyright owner. It is not advisable, however, to assign or otherwise dispose of your copyright over your works.

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