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The Copyright Act of 1957 governs the registration of copyrights. You can legally own your creative work, including books, paintings, music, videos, artwork, websites, mobile applications, and more, by registering your copyright. A copyright registration with the appropriate government assures that the author’s creative work cannot be copied. Without the author’s or creator’s consent, no one is allowed to utilise the same. The author is free to charge anyone to use or adapt his work. Copyright registration protects a creator’s rights from infringement. It provides legal protection so that nobody else can abuse the copyright in any way without first getting the owner’s consent.

For the author’s original creations, copyright offers protection. In essence, copyright is a property right granted to its owner. Original works (such as books, scripts, even software, artwork, cinematography, records, computer programming, etc.) by any other person or organization may only be used with the creator’s consent. Companies frequently copyright user guides, product literature, website material, brochures, and product literature. Additionally, copyrights can be transferred.

Copyright registration has many advantages, some of which are listed below:

Protection of Owner: Copyright registration grants the owner of the copyright the only authority to control the work’s reproduction, distribution, adaptation, dissemination, and translation.

Legal Defense: Exclusive legal protection is provided to creators when their work is copied without their permission.

Brand worth: A copyright that has been registered provides ownership documentation, can be used for marketing and builds goodwill.

Worldwide Defense: If a work is protected by copyright in another nation, India will also enjoy the same rights.

Copyright Is a Resource: Copyright is an intangible asset that can be sold or franchised because it is an intellectual property that belongs to the owner.

Owner promotion: A copyright registration makes a piece of work recognised around the world and makes it searchable in the database of the copyright registry. Once copyright registration is completed, using a work without the author’s consent is prohibited.

Financial Stability: Because the artist may replicate his or her work in whatever format, copyright registration aids in ensuring economic stability.

What Kinds of Things Can Copyright Registration Protect?

Registration of Copyright Documents
In the following situations, the aforementioned documents are necessary for copyright registration:

1). Creative/Artistic work

  • 2 copies of the work, with a DD/IPO of Rs. (as appropriate) per copy.
  • If the applicant is different from the author, a NOC must be provided.
  • If the work is published and the publisher is not the applicant, a NOC must be provided.
  • If the work is being used on or is capable of being used on goods, search for a Trade Mark Office Certificate (TM-60).
  • NOC from the subject whose image is on the piece.
  • A specific Power of Attorney in original form, duly signed by the applicant and acknowledged by the attorney, if the application is being submitted through an attorney.

2). Cinematograph Film

  • 2 copies of the work, with a DD/IPO of Rs. (as appropriate) per copy.
  • A NOC or a copy of the contract from numerous owners of the rights (deed of assignment).
  • If the applicant’s work has been published by a separate publication, then the publisher must provide a NOC.
  • A specific Power of Attorney in original form, duly signed by the applicant and acknowledged by the attorney, if the application is being submitted through an attorney.

3). Music

  • 2 copies of the work for music, with a DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work.
  • If the work is published and the publisher is not the applicant, a NOC must be provided.
  • If the applicant is someone other than the author, they must provide a NOC.
  • A specific Power of Attorney in original form, duly signed by the applicant and acknowledged by the attorney, must be submitted if the application is being submitted through an attorney.

4). Dramatic/Literary

  • 2 copies of the work, with a DD/IPO of Rs. (as appropriate) per copy.
  • If the applicant is someone other than the author, they must provide a NOC.
  • A specific Power of Attorney in original form, duly signed by the applicant and acknowledged by the attorney, if the application is being submitted through an attorney.

5). Sound recordings

  • 2 copies of the work, with a DD/IPO of Rs. per work (as appropriate).
  • A NOC or a copy of the contract from numerous owners of the rights (deed of assignment).
  • If the applicant’s work has been published by a separate publication, then the publisher must provide a NOC.
  • A specific Power of Attorney in original form, duly signed by the applicant and acknowledged by the attorney, if the application is being submitted through an attorney.

To register for copyright, the following actions must be taken:

User Authentication: User registration on the official website is the initial step in copyright registration. The user will receive a login ID and password following successful registration.

Application for Copyright Registration: According to the first schedule of the rules, a copyright registration application is submitted in Form XIV along with the fee specified in the second schedule of the rules. The candidate must sign this application. If necessary, a power of attorney must be enclosed and must be signed by the party and acknowledged by the attorney.

Submission: You will receive a dairy number once the application is filed with the required documentation (acknowledgment).

Certificate of Copyright Registration: If the application is accepted, the authority will issue the registration certificate. Normally, the entire process takes between two and three months.

How can we find out if our copyright registration application has been approved?

The procedures listed below must be taken in order to check the status of a copyright registration application:

  • Go to the Copyright Registrar’s website and select “Status of Application.”
  • After that, enter the diary number—also known as the acknowledgment number—that you received, and then submit it to see your application’s status.
  • The right of paternity allows the owner to claim authorship for works that have been published.
  • The work’s owner is free to duplicate it in any physical form and store it on any electronic medium.
  • Under the right of publication, the owner may choose where to publish and where not to.
  • The owner may present the work publicly, communicate with the public, or translate or adapt it in any way.
  • In the event of a loss of reputation or image, the owner may take the required preventive measures.
  • The owner is free to transfer or sell.

Here, we explain the meaning of various statuses issued by the relevant authority:

  • Waiting: Copyright registration application under a mandatory waiting period
  • Documents not received, formality check failed: Documents not received after payment
  • Abandoned: Documents not received after the filing of the application
  • Scrutiny: Copyright registration application under process
  • Re-Scrutiny: Copyright registration application is again under process
  • Hearing: Hearing on the objection

What is the duration of copyright protection?
Following registration, a copyright is valid for the duration of the author’s life plus 60 years after his or her passing.

What is Original Work?
The term “original work” refers to a piece that has not been plagiarised. Originality is a product of the creator’s knowledge, aptitude, abilities, discernment, and labour of love. According to the Copyright Act, only expressions—not ideas—can be protected by copyright. For instance, while the material on your website is protected against copying, a rival may still utilise the concept for commercial purposes.

FAQ’s

The Copyright Act of 1957 protects the author’s literary, theatrical, musical, and creative works from improper use. While ideas are not protected by copyright, expressions are.

No, it is not possible to register a copyright for ideas or mathematical concepts. The concepts or ideas are not protected by copyright.

Yes, you can physically submit a copyright registration application at Plot No. 32, Boudhik Sampada Bhawan, Sector 14, Dwarka, New Delhi, 110075. However, submitting a copyright registration application physically is a laborious process.

A website as a whole cannot be protected by copyright. Each component that appears on a website requires a separate application from the applicant.

By going to the copyright office’s official websites, you can conduct a search for copyrights.

To find out if a name is protected by copyright, do a search online. You may determine if a piece is copyrighted by looking up the author.

By going to the copyright office’s official website, you can search for a logo there.

Titles, names, and other works that lack the originality or inventiveness necessary to qualify for copyright protection cannot be protected.

The author’s copyright is valid for as long as they are alive and for 60 years after their passing.

Because a work does not need to be registered in order to be used, the use of the copyright sign is comparable to that of the trademark symbol.

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