Copyright is the right of ownership entitled to literature, drama, music, artworks, sound recordings, etc. Copyright registration grants a bundle of rights that comprise rights to reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation, and translation of the work. Registering a Copyright ensures certain minimum safeguards of the rights of ownership and enjoyment of the authors over their creations, which protects and rewards creativity.
It is necessary to register for copyright because it makes you communicate to the public, reproduce the rights, adapt and translate the works.
Lately, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of intellectual property being registered in India as the awareness about intellectual property laws has increased. Copyright registration happens to be one of the critical types of intellectual types of property protection.
Copyright registration is done as per the regulations of the Copyright Act,1957. The author’s creative work cannot be copied as no person is allowed to use the same without the permission of the author or the creator. The author can charge others for using or changing his work. The copyright protection typically lasts for 60 years.
Documents required for copyright registration
To obtain copy registration, the following documents should be submitted:
- Name, address, and nationality of the candidate- Id Proof
- NOC from the publisher if the publisher and the applicant are two different individuals
- Search Certificate from Trademark office if any
- NOC from a person whose photograph appears on the work
- Power of attorney
- 2 Copies of the work (Book / Source code in CD (if Website copyright))
- KYC of author
Process for copyright registration
The Copyright registration application can be made on Form IV in a requisite manner and the applicable fees. Irrespective of it is published or unpublished work, it can be copyrighted. For published work, three copies of the published work need to be presented along with the application.
While for unpublished work, a copy of the manuscript needs to be sent along with the application for affixing the stamp of the copyright office is proof of the work having been registered.
Here is the step by step process for getting copyright registration in India:
- 1The application for copyright registration has to be filed in the concerned forms that mention the particular’s work.Depending on the type of the work, a separate copyright application may have to be filed.
- 2The applicant needs to sign the forms, and the Advocate must submit the application under the name the POA has been executed.Meanwhile, our experts will prepare the copyright registration application and submit the necessary forms with the Registrar of copyrights.
- 3The Diary number will be issued once the application is submitted online.
- 4Within the waiting period of 30 days, the copyright examiner reviews the application for potential objection or any other discrepancies.
- 5If there is an objection, a notice will be issued, and the same has to be compiled within 30 days from the date of issuance of the notice. The examiner may call both parties for a hearing.
- 6After the discrepancy has been removed or no objection, the copyright is registered, and the Copyright Office will issue the registration certificate.