Copyright Registration

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Copyright Registration

Copyright is a legal right given by law that grants the creator of an original work exclusive right for its use and distribution. The works that enjoy Copyright protection are books, novels, script, software, music, painting, movies, photographs, drawings, poems, songs, etc. Copyrights are registered under The Copyright Act, 1957 which protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and cinematograph films and sound recordings from unauthorized uses. Copyright includes a bundle of the right like the rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation, and translation of the work.

Copyrights are also transferrable. If your Copyright is registered then no person can copy your content in any form since you have the exclusive right to take legal action against that person restricting to copy or reproduce your unique content.

It should be kept in mind that ideas, procedures or methods of operation cannot be copyrighted. A separate application has to be made for separate works. It is not mandatory to get copyright but to protect the original works of the originator, it is advisable to get your work copyrighted. It motivates the owner to do more work.

Advantages of Copyright Registration

LEGAL PROTECTION Copyright Registration provides the legal protection to the creators of original works so that no other person can copy or reproduce their work without authorization.
INTANGIBLE ASSET A registered copyright is an intangible asset for a business with the rights of selling, franchising, etc.
BRANDING OR GOODWILL Registered Copyright can be used for creating and marketing a sense of goodwill and commercial value in the minds of your customers and proof of ownership of your creative work is established.
RIGHT TO OWNER Registered copyrights are intellectual property and the owner has the privilege to any third party. The owner can do any deal/agreement while transferring or selling the copyright to the other.
UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION Registered Copyright safeguards the authentic and original work of the owner. if the owner is not registered then it is easy to exploit the intellectual works without paying any consideration to the owner of the work.

Process of Copyright Registration

Documents required

1. Identity proof and Address proof of the Applicant if its a Company, Certificate of Incorporation and Address proof is required.

2. Nature of the Applicant’s Interest in the Copyright whether he is the owner or representative.

3. Nature of the work which includes the class & description of the work, the title of the Work, the language of the work and In case of website copyright, give the URL of the website, in case of any publication, date of publication.

Frequently Asked Questions

Copyrights can be obtained for any unique and creative content. This could range from design, sketch, painting, song recording, music video, software, movie file, poem, book or even a short story.

Copyright protection is valid for 60 years. If it is literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the 60 years is counted from the year following the death of the author. In the case of cinematograph films, sound recordings, photographs, anonymous and pseudonymous publications, works of government and works of international organizations, the 60 years is counted from the date of publication.

The creators of original content who want to protect their work can apply for Copyright. And the creator can be an individual, company or any other entity.

A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device which is used in trade with goods or services to distinguish them from the goods of Competitors. Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of "original works” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.

A copy of the work needs to be provided along with the address and identity proof of the owner is required. For a company, the name of the company along with its Certificate of Incorporation and address proof is required.

A copyright is valid in India. However, if you have filed a copyright in India, you can use this as evidence before any government to prove that you were using the copyrighted content first.

Copyright registration is an intellectual property, which can be sold, transferred, gifted and franchised. Copyright registration gives the owner of the work ownership over the work and any person wishing to use the work must obtain the registered copyright owners consent.

No, no one can copy your content. If anybody does so, 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.

A copyright holder has the right to copy or reproduce the creative work, the right to be credited for it, the right to determine who may adapt the work to other forms and who may benefit financially from it.

You can use the © mark as soon as the Copyright application is filed and you receive acknowledgment receipt.

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