Copyright is an intellectual property protection similar to trademarks and patents. Copyright registration is performed in accordance with the Copyright Act of 1957. With copyright registration, you gain legal ownership of your creative works, including books, paintings, music, websites, etc. Copyright registration with the authority ensures that the author’s creative work cannot be duplicated. No one is permitted to use the same without the author or creator’s permission. The author is permitted to charge others for using or modifying his work. The registration of copyrights protects the rights of the creator from infringement.
In India, the registration grants the proprietor the exclusive, individual right to distribute, duplicate, and reproduce the work, or to authorize another entity to do so. It provides a variety of rights, including public communication, reproduction, adaptation, and translation of the work. However, ideas, procedures, operational methods, and mathematical concepts cannot be protected by copyright.
Fundamental Conditions for Copyright Registration
Registration ensures legal protection, safeguards goodwill, and restricts unauthorized reproduction of the inventor’s work. Protection on a global scale, as the copyright in India is essentially recognized worldwide.
Basic Candidate Information: Prior to registration, the candidate must provide basic information such as name, address, and nationality.
Soft Copies and CDs: The candidate is required to create a soft duplicate of his or her work and all files in JPEG, JPG, or GIF format. If you want to file a copyright for your computer programmes, you must prepare four CDs or DVDs containing those programmes.
Obtain a Trademark Certificate for an Artistic Work If you are submitting copyright registration for an artistic work, you must first obtain a clear copyright search certificate from the trademark office.
Power of Attorney: If the candidate is registering copyright through an authorized firm or attorney, the candidate must submit a valid power of attorney.
Advantages of Copyright Registration :
1. Name, Address & Nationality of the Candidate – ID proof
2. NOC from the publisher if work published and publisher is different from the applicant.
3. Search Certificate from Trade Mark Office (TM -60) if any
4. NOC from a person whose photograph appears on the work.
5. Power of Attorney
6. 2 Copies of work
7. KYC of author
8. DD/IPO of Rs. per work ((as applicable)
9. NOC from the author if the candidate is different from the author.
Prepare and file a copyright application. After that, you will be assigned a diary number and given 30 days to file an objection. If there are no objections, the authorised individual will review the application, and if satisfied, the registrar will sanction the registration. With approval, the registrar will send the candidate the quotations
Any individual or organisation can petition for copyright registration. The individual may be an author, creator, musician, photographer, producer, painter, or composer, or a business may use this legal authority to protect its creative work.
Copyright registration is required to protect your original work against infringement or undue advantage. The possession of copyright over your original work demonstrates that it is yours alone.
NO, you cannot register your name or title. Name or titles can only get trademark registration.
After registering a request, the department assigns a diary number and waits thirty days.
If the examiner discovers an error, it must be resolved within 45 days. Consequently, the registration of a copyright typically requires approximately one to two months.