Copyright Registration

A registration confers upon its owner sole rights to copy or reproduce the work or grant permission to another to do so.




    How Does Copyright Registration Work For You?

    Copyright registration in India grants its proprietor sole rights to distribute, replicate,
    reproduce the work or give authorization to another entity for the same.

    Step 1

    We do a thorough check of the
    files you send in

    Step 2

    We then prepare the application and
    file the forms

    Step 3

    We'll keep you up-to-date with all information
    passed on by the Registrar

    Copyright Registration in India - An overview

    By law, copyright is the legal right entitled to creators of literary, dramatics, music, and artistic work and producers of films and recordings. Copyright registration in India grants its proprietor exclusive, sole rights to distribute, replicate, reproduce the work or give authorization to another entity for the same. It offers a bundle of rights – communication to the public, rights of reproduction, adaptation and translation of the work.

    Why register a copyright in India? Benefits

    Getting copyrights for books, music pieces, movies, photography, software programs, etc. gives the author the following benefits:

    • When the work gets copyrighted, it is made available free on the public records, thereby creating the ownership.
    • In the case of copyright infringement, the authors can sue the infringers to secure their work and claim statutory damages
    • The owners can record the registration with Indian customs and prevent importing duplicate copies
    • Any by-product or derivative can be made from the original registered work
    • The rights can be passed or sold to third-party with no objection
    • Copyright protection enables the owners to exhibit their work

    Copyright registration in India - A detailed process

    The process for registering copyright involves the following steps:

    Step 1: The copyright registration application has to be filed in the concerned forms with the Copyright Registrar, mentioning the particulars of the work.

    Depending on the type of work, separate copyright applications may have to be filed.

    Our representatives will ask for basic details based on your copyright work. You will also need to send us three copies of your work and few signed documents including an authorisation letter that we will send by email. If the work is unpublished, two copies of the manuscript can be sent, where one copy will be returned to the applicant with seal and the other will be retained confidential with the Copyright Office. Applicants can also choose to send only the extracts of the manuscript instead of the whole unpublished copy.

    Step 2: The forms must be duly signed by the applicant and the application must be submitted by the Advocate under whose name Power of Attorney has been executed.

    Our experts will then prepare the copyright registration application and submit the necessary forms with the Registrar of Copyrights electronically.

    Step 3: Once the application is submitted online, you will be issued the Diary number.

    Step 4: There is a waiting period of 30 days within which the Copyright Examiner reviews the application for potential discrepancies and/or objections.

    Step 5: If discrepancy and/or objections are found, discrepancy notice will be issued and the same needs to have complied within 30 days from the date of issuance of the notice.

    Step 6: Once the discrepancy has been removed or if there are no discrepancies or objections with the application, the copyright shall be registered and the Copyright Office shall issue the Extracts of Register of Copyrights (ROC) which is nothing but the Registration Certificate.

    On completion of the copyright application, you will receive a diary number. Registration will take 12 months from this day. During this time, we may be asked for some clarifications on the same and/or some defects in the application and it will cost a further Rs. 1500 for responding and complying with the defects. Our representatives at Buiznest will inform you of the changes in the status of your application throughout.

    Documents Required for Copyright Registration

    Personal Details

    • 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

    Nature Of The Work

    • 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.

    Scope of copyright protection

    The Copyright Act, 1957 prevents unauthorized use of any original literary, musical, dramatic, sound recordings, cinematograph and other artistic works. Both published and unpublished works can be copyrighted, and the copyright of the original work is reserved for the original creator. Copyright can also be registered for works that were published before 21st January 1958, that is before the Copyright Act came into existence.

    Copyright protection of original literary, musical, dramatic, and artistic works lasts for the entire lifetime of the author. In addition, it also for another 60 years counted from the year following the death of the author. In the case of sound recordings, cinematograph films, photographs, posthumous publications (published post the death of the author), anonymous and pseudonymous publications, government works and works of international organisations.

    Rights of the copyright owner

    Under the Indian Copyright Act 1957, copyright protects the social, economic and legal interests of the author. The copyright owner is entitled to the following exclusive rights.

    Right Of Reproduction

    The Copyright Act states that no third party can reproduce or make copies of the original work or part of the work unless the copyright owner has granted permission to do so. It restricts reproduction in the form of printing an edition of a work and recording sound and films.

    Right Of Adaptation

    The copyright creator can choose to use his work whichever way he wants. That is, he can create derivatives from the existing work or prepare a new work in the same form or different form based on the original work. The following actions define the term “adaptation” as per the Copyright Act:

    • Converting plays, movies, choreographic shows and other dramatic works into non-dramatic or literary works like poems, novels and books
    • Converting literary works and artistic works like sculpture, photography, paintings, drawings, etc into dramatic work
    • Modification or alteration of dramatic and non-dramatic work
    • Pictorial depiction of the work
    • Transcription of musical work

    Right Of Communication To The Public

    Copyright owners can make their work available to the public by means of broadcast or wireless diffusion whether in any or more of the forms of signs or visual images.

    Right Of Public Performance

    The owners of musical work and artistic work can perform their works publicly. For example, a musician can play his piece or an actor can perform in his play for the masses. The artists can also choose to broadcast their performance in the digital platforms.

    Right Of Paternity And Integrity

    The Copyright Law grants the moral rights of paternity and integrity to the creators. The right of paternity or attribution means that the creator can claim authorship over his work and have it attributed to him. That is, whoever wishes to reproduce or adapt the original work has to give due credit to the author or else the author has the right to file a suit against the maker. For example, if a person wants to make a movie out of a book, he/she must duly acknowledge the author. Right of integrity protects the right of the holder and lets him claim damages when someone distorts, mutilates or modifies his work causing disreputation to his name and work.

    Right Of Distribution

    The copyright holder may distribute his work in any form through reproducing, selling, renting, leasing or lending. He can also assign specific rights to a person to either copyright the work partially or wholly or subject to certain limitations.

    Advantages of Copyright Registration

    Legal Protection

    Creators of original works always enjoy legal protection when their work is reproduced without authorisation. Copyright Registration, however, makes it much easier to protect this original work against infringement.

    Market Presence

    By registering a copyright, a public record of your work is created and a proof of ownership is established for your creative work. It can also be used in marketing and for building goodwill in the mind of the customer.

    Rights Of The Owner

    The owner of a copyright has the rights over reproduction, dissemination, adaptation and translation of the work. There could be slight variations in the composition of the rights depending on the work.

    FAQs on Copyright Registration

    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.
    Should my work be published to get registered for copyright?
    Published and unpublished works can be registered. If a work is already published, the Publishing details need to be furnished along with the application
    Can copyright registration be done anywhere in India?
    The entire copyright filing is done online, and hence it can be done from anywhere in the country. The Copyright head office is in Delhi.
    Is there any chance of my copyright work to get rejected?
    Yes, if the discrepancy is not removed within the said timeline, the application will be abandoned.

    Why Buiznest

    60 Established Vendors
    Buiznest has successfully completed 600+ registrations in the past year alone. We have partnered with some of the top experts in business across India to get your registration across to you on time.
    9.1 Customer Score
    We make your interaction with the government as smooth as is possible by doing all the paperwork for you. We will also give you absolute clarity on the process to set realistic expectations.
    200+ Strong Team
    Our team of experienced business advisors are a phone call away, should you have any queries about the process. But we’ll try to ensure that your doubts are cleared before they even arise.

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