Copyright Registration

Copyright Registration

Copyright Registration confers upon its owner sole rights to copy or reproduce the work or grant permission to another to do so. The applies to literary (books, scripts, even software) and audio-visual (music, photographs, movies) works. Business entities often copyright instruction manuals, product literature and user guides. Copyright is usually owned by the creator of the work, but may also be owned by the employer of its creator or the person who has commissioned the work (unless there is an agreement to the contrary in either case). Copyrights are also transferrable.

In India, Copyrights are registered under The Copyright Act, 1957. The Copyright Act, 1957 protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and cinematograph films and sound recordings from unauthorized uses. However, ideas, procedures, methods of operation or mathematical concepts cannot be copyrighted. Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. In fact, it is a bundle of rights including, inter alia, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work. There could be slight variations in the composition of the rights depending on the work.

Documents Required for Copyright Registration:

Personal Details

  • Name, Address & Nationality of the Applicant
    For example: Ramesh K., NLSIU Sta Quarters, Nagarbhavi P.O. Box 7201, Bengaluru – 560024, INDIAN
  • Nature of the Applicant’s Interest in the Copyright
    State whether the applicant is the author of the work or the representative of the author.

Nature of the Work

  • Class & Description of the Work
    Literary or artistic work, for example
  • Title of the Work
    In case of a website, give the URL of the website
  • Language of the Work
    Whether English or Hindi, or any combination of languages
  • If Published, the Date of Publication
    Publication in internal magazines, like a company magazine or a research paper submitted to a professor does not count as publication.

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