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Copyright

Copyright is the right of ownership entitled to literature, drama, music, artworks, sound recordings, etc. Copyright registration grants a bundle of rights that comprise rights to reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation, and translation of the work. Registering a Copyright ensures certain minimum safeguards of the rights of ownership and enjoyment of the authors over their creations, which protects and rewards creativity.

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Copyright Registration Online – an Overview

Copyright is the legal right creators are entitled to for their literary, dramatics, music, and artistic work. Producers of films and recordings enjoy this right too. When a proprietor registers for a copyright, it gives them an exclusive right to reproduce, replicate, and distribute the work. Further, they can grant authority to some other entity for the same purpose.

Registering for copyright is important because it makes you the legal owner of the rights over the work. You then have control over communicating it to the public, reproducing rights, any adaptations or translations of the works.

Benefits of Copyright Registration

A public record of ownership

When a work is copyrighted, it is registered on a public record, thereby establishing ownership.

Copyright infringement

In the case of copyright infringement, the authors can sue infringers to secure their work and claim statutory compensation.

Prevents importing of duplicates

The owners can record the registration with the Indian customs and prevent importing duplicate copies of the work.

Commercial use of by-products

Have control over by-products or derivatives created from the original registered work for commercial purposes.

Transfer of copyright

The rights can be passed or sold to a third party by the original copyright holder.

Ensures protection

Copyright protection enables the owners to exhibit their work without the fear that it will be replicated without authorization.

Rights of a Copyright Owner

A copyright owner gets to enjoy the following rights and only they can assign these rights to someone else:

  • Right of reproduction: no one can make copies of or reproduce a protected work, in part or whole, without permission from the copyright owner
  • Right of adaptation: exclusive rights to the creator to use their piece of work the way they want (e.g., a book into a movie)
  • Right of communication to the public: exclusive rights to broadcast their original work to the public
  • Right to public performance: exclusive rights to the owners of artistic and musical work to perform their works in public
  • Right of paternity/attribution: the right of attribution or paternity implies that the owner/creator can claim sole authorship over their piece of work. In other words, they can have it attributed to themselves
  • Right of integrity: it allows the owner to sue in case their work is distorted or modified without permission
  • Right of distribution: exclusive rights to distribute their work in whatever form they like (through selling, reproducing, leasing, lending, renting, or transferring).

Documents Required

To register for copyright you need to give us the following details and documents.

Personal details:

  • Name, address, and nationality of the applicant
  • Name, address, and nationality of the author of the work
  • Nature of the applicant’s interest in the copyright – whether the applicant is the author of the work or the representative of the author
  • Copies of the original work
  • ID proof of the owner and incorporation certificate if it is for business

Nature of the work:

  • Class & description of the work
  • Title of the work
  • Language of the work
  • Date of publication – publication in internal magazines, like a company magazine or a research paper submitted to a professor does not count as publication.

Documents:

  • Three copies of your work
  • Authorisation letter (we will send you)

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