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Description of Original WorkTitle of Original Work
Identity Proof of AuthorNationality of the Author

Benefits of Copyright Registration

Misuse Protection

Copyright registration allows you an added layer of protection against misuse or infringement of property while protecting the creator/author’s artistic work his whole life and in some cases even after.

Low-cost registration

When compared to the benefits provided by this registration process, the price tag for the same is comparatively low. Most of the copyright registration provides lifetime coverage.

Long Validity

Copyright registration of an author/creative crafter’s work is generally valid for lifetime plus sixty years post death of the original owner of the rights.

Market Presence

As you register under the copyright act, you create a publically visible record of your intellectual property. This establishes a sense of ownership along with establishment of market presence and goodwill amidst potential customers.

Owner Rights

The owner of the copyright has complete rights to dissemination, reproduction, adaptation, as well as translation of the intellectual property.

Legal Protection

If your work is registered under the copyright act, you get legal protection from any misuse or unauthorized use of your intellectual property that will allow you an option to sue the responsible party.

About Copyright Registration

Copyright Registration Act was established to confer upon the intellectual property owner, the sole right to reproduce, copy, or grant permission for anyone else to do so. This act applies to the literary, audio-visual work, and similar product of intelligence. Business based entities often tend to copyright their instruction manuals, user guides, and product literature. Copyright is generally owned by its creator to be used for work in future. However, it can also be owned by an employer who has hired its creator under payroll or freelance work. Unless there is a written agreement between both parties, copyright is generally guaranteed to both the employer and the creator. Additionally, one can also transfer the copyrights of the creative work.

Frequently Asked Questions
For what can copyright be obtained?

You can get a copyright for any unique and creative content. This could range from a design, a sketch, a painting, a song recording, a music video, a movie, a poem, a book or even a short story.

Does copyright apply to titles or 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.

What are the documents required for copyright registration?

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.

Do I need a trademark or copyright? What is the difference?

A trademark is a mark given to protect a brand name, logo or slogan. On the other hand, copyright is a protection given to unique content like a book, music, videos, songs and artistic content.

After applying for a copyright, if someone else copies my content, is there any protection?

Yes, absolutely. You must immediately send a legal notice and after sending the notice, if the problem does not get resolved, you can even file a case against the other side in a court of law.

Is there any way to search if the content has been copyrighted by someone else in the past?

Unfortunately, there is no such mechanism. However, you should do a thorough search on the internet, using Google or your preferred search engine to check if there is similar content available already.

If someone claims I have infringed their copyright, what can I do?

Typically, they will send you a legal notice claiming that you have copied their copyright. You can send a reply to this legal notice and we can help you find lawyers who will fight your case for you.

How long is copyright registration valid for?

Copyright protection is valid for a duration of 60 years. If it is 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 cinematograph films, sound recordings, photographs, posthumous publications, anonymous and pseudonymous publications, works of government and works of international organizations, the 60-year period is counted from the date of publication.

Is a copyright valid in India alone or is it valid across the world?

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.

Can I sell or transfer a copyright registration?

A copyright registration can be sold, transferred, gifted and franchised with due consent from the owner of the work.

What rights does a copyright holder have?

A copyright holder has the right to copy or reproduce the creative work, the right to be credited for it, the right to determine who may adapt the work to other forms and who may benefit financially from it.

What kind of works is protected by copyright law in India?

Any literary work, including a computer program and computer database, a sound or audio recording, including songs and recorded dialogues, a cinematographic film, including film, video and animated film is protected under copyright law in India. Artistic works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings such as a map, a photograph, architecture/ artistic craftsmanship and dramatic work. Finally, any musical work can be copyrighted.