Features of Copyright Registration
A Copyright is a type of Intellectual Property, registered under ‘’The Copyright Act, 1957”. Copyright is a legal right or protection provided to the creators of literature, dramatics, musical and artistic works, producers of cinematograph films, performances and sound recordings. It is an exclusive right given to the owner from unauthorized use of his assets, access can be provided only when the owner grants permission for the same or in case of transfer of ownership.
When lot of efforts and dedication towards a particular work is undertaken, safeguarding that specific work becomes imperative and thus copyright registration is being carried out which gives the owner rights over his work/ asset.
Process to Register
- Prepare copyright application.
- Signed copy of the application can be filed manually or electronically with Copyright Registrar along with prescribed fees.
- Upon filing the application, government processing will start which generally takes 2-3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any form of literature, art work, website content, photographs, sound recordings, computer software, cinematography, logo for goods/ services, slogans can be registered as copyright.
Common language, Domain Name, ideas or facts, article, name or title is not provided protection under the Copyright Act.
Copyright protection lasts for 60 years. In the case of original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, the specified period is counted from the year following the death of the Author, whereas this period starts from the date of publication in case of cinematographic films, sound recordings, photographs, publications, works of government and works of international organizations.
Any person be it a Company, NGO, individual, etc. who wants to have right over his work can apply for registration.
Trademark is a mark that provides protection against the brand name, or logo, whereas a copyright is a protection against the content, art work, etc.
Yes, it can be sold or transferred or franchised by the owner. Also use of work of the owner can be made with prior consent of the owner.
A copyright fee depends upon the work which needs to be copyrighted, as Government charges differ in every case.
(C) symbol can be used as soon as the content is created, however one must use the same after applying for copyright registration and on receipt of the acknowledgement.
Copyright is permanent in nature and will exist for lifetime of the owner/ creator + 60 years after the death of the owner/ creator, after expiry of the same it will be open to general public to imitate or reproduce the content freely.
Incorporation certificate being a signed pdf document provided by the MCA, it doesn’t require any hard copy of the certificate.
Package Deals on Offering
- Copyright Registration for Videos, Audio Recording and Cinematography Films.
- Copyright Registration for Logo, Books, Periodicals and Magazines.
- Copyright Registration for Logos, Books, Periodicals, Magazines,Videos, Audio Recording, Cinematography Films