Copyright Registration

Give a legal backing to your creative work with Copyright Registration

What is Copyright Registration?

Copyright registration in India gives monetary rights and benefits to the original creators of literature, art, music, sound recordings, cinematographed films and broadcasts. This enables the creators to make money from their creation by making copies, performing in public, broadcasting, and issuing its copies to the public for various other online uses. Copyright is automatically created at the moment when creator creates something. But, the act of copyright registration in India is important as it gives the creator a legal right in public so that others cannot exploit the creator’s work.

Benefits of copyright registration

Prima Facie Evidence
Copyright protection provides a prima facie evidence in case if the litigation arises. The proof is essential to attest to anything in the court of law; hence copyright registration is very beneficial for creators.
Protection Extended Even After The Creators Death
Copyright’s protection is not restricted up to the original creators’ life span; its validity is longer than any other intellectual property. It is secured for the creators’ lifespan and 60 years after his/her death.
Public Record
When the registration of copyright is done, a definite public record is created that helps the original creator to establish his ownership over the said copyright.
For Filing a Case For Infringement
An individual cannot sue for copyright infringement unless he/she has a registered copyright. Registration gives the copyright holder the official right to file for infringement and claim for damages.

Documents required for Copyright registration in India

Details of the applicant
Name, Address & Nationality of the Applicant (Certificate of Registration must be provided for a body corporate)
Nature of interest
Nature of the Applicant’s Interest in the Copyright
i.e. if the applicant is the original creator or a representative of the creator
Details about the work
i.e. Type & Description of the Work,
Title of the Work or URL Language of the Work
The Date of Publication
The date when your creative work was first published

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What can be registered as a copyright?

An original creation which is in a tangible form, i.e. a DVD or a book or a painting

Literary works: books, computer programs, and any other type of compilations.
Online writing, such as a blog or series of articles

Musical works and sound recordings including lyrics cinematographed films.

Artistic works: including maps and architectural plans, graphics, sculptures, paintings, etc.

Copyright Registration in 3 Easy Steps

1. Follow Quick Process

  • Pick the best suitable package
  • Spare less than 10 minutes to fill our online Questionnaire
  • Upload required documents for online copyrights registration
  • Make payment through secured payment gateways

2. Experts available for Help

  • Assigned Relationship Manager
  • Consultation regarding the copyright registration process
  • Provide details about your original work

3. Your copyright application is filed

  • All it takes is 10 – 12 working days*

*Subject to Government processing timeng time

Copyright registration Process

Day 1 – 2 Collection

  • Discussion and collection of basic Information
  • Provide required documents

DAY 3-5 – Execution

  • Drafting of Documents by Professionals
  • Verification of documents
  • Preparation of the application and Vakalatnama
  • Form filing of for Copyright Application online

li>Reviewing and refining the claims

DAY 6-12 – Submission

  • Physical submission of payment acknowledgment receipt,
  • prescribed forms in triplicate copies to the Copyright Registry.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What cannot be protected through copyright registration in India?
Works that are not fixed in a tangible form such as ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, or discoveries, unwritten speeches etc. cannot be copyrighted.
What are the rights of a Copyright owner?
The copyright owner has the exclusive rights to:
Reproduce and distribute the work in copies or phonorecord to the public by sale or transfer of ownership or license.
Make additions to the original work or modify it, display, present or perform them among the public; and
Exclude others to claim ownership or use without the original creators’ permission.
Can I sue someone legally if I have my copyright registered ?
Yes, you can send a legal notice to that person. And, even after that the infringement continues, you can claim your exclusive right in the court of law to claim damages.
What is the validity of my registered copyright?
Copyright protection is valid for the duration of 60 years; in case it is literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works the 60-year period is counted from the year following the death of the author/creator. For cinematographed films, sound recordings and photographs, the 60-year period are counted from the date of publication. For broadcasting, the term is 25 years from the beginning of the calendar year following the year in which it was first broadcasted.
Can I sell or transfer my copyright ?
Yes, an original creator may sell, transfer, assign or license their copyright.
Can I copyright my website ?
Yes, you can copyright original authorship on a website. But a domain name cannot be protected under the copyright law. However, every work e.g. photographs, videos etc would be considered as a separate work and a separate application fee needs to be paid for each on them.
What is the difference between trademark and copyright?
A trademark is a given to protect a brand name, logo or slogan. While copyright is a protection given to unique content like a book, music, videos, songs and other artistic content. In the common practice, a website owner usually protects just the content and not the supporting works like photos and videos uploaded on the website as they are bound to change according to the business requirement.
If an employee in a company develops a program, would this employee own the copyright?
No. In the case of a program made in the course of author’s employment under a contract of service or apprenticeship, the employer shall, in the absence of any agreement to the contrary, be the first owner of the copyright.
Can we search for any identical artistic work registered in the copyright registry ?
No, there is no such mechanism to search for already existing works on the copyright registry website
If I am a jewellery designer what would be the preferable route to protect my work ?
In the case of jewelry, both copyright and design laws apply. It is preferable to take copyright protection on the sketches of the design as artwork due to the extended protection provided under copyright law than that provided under the design laws.
What is the fee distribution structure for various works under copyright protection ?
(a)Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work: Rs. 500/- per work
(b)Provided that in respect of a Sound Recording, Cinematograph Film, Literary or Artistic work which is used or is capable of being used in relation to any goods (under section 45): Rs. 2,000/- per work
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Copyright Registration

Give legal backing to your artistic works with Copyright Registration