Copyright Registration
Protect your creative artistic work like Music, Videos, Recordings from any infringement by getting a copyright on it.

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Overview

Artistic creations are of high value, for both social, financial and mental well-being. Be it your book, music, videos, recordings, scripts, or drawings, holding copyright gives you a legal right and protection over your work. It protects the originality of your work against infringement and is valid for a lifetime and 60 years more. Copyright is a legal right granted to authors/creators of any artistic creation like literature, Music, Videos, & Recordings to recreate, distribute, replicate their work. Like any other property, a copyright can be transferred (or leased), sold, shared with other entities for adaption, translation, replicating or recreating the copyrighted work.

Documents Required

Copyright Owner’s details:

  1. Identity proofs (Aadhar/ Certificate of Incorporation)
  2. PAN card
  3. Authorisation letter


Details of your work:

  1. Details & Copy of your work
  2. 2 copies of the Manuscript (or extracts) if the work is unpublished
  3. Title, Class, Description, Language and Date of publication (if published)


How copyright filing works?

  1. Copyright expert is authorised by the owner
  2. Application is drafted and filed with the Copyright Registrar 
  3. Copyright examiner reviews for potential discrepancies /objections within next 30 days.
  4. Resolving objections within the next 30 days.
  5. Get the Registration Certificate is issued by the Copyright office.
FAQs
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 nor protect ideas or concepts. Copyright is provided only to original literary work.

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.

How long is copyright registration valid for?

Copyright protection is valid for 60 years. If it is literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, the 60-year period is counted from the year following the expiry of the author. For 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 copyright valid in India alone or is it valid across the world?

Since India is a signatory of the Berne Convention, copyright registered in India will get the status of foreign work and protection will be extended to countries which are also signatories to the Berne Convention.

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