Copyright Registration

In today’s digital еra, safеguarding crеativе works has become more crucial than еvеr. Copyright Registration sеrvеs as a fundamеntal stеp in sеcuring thе rights to artistic, litеrary, and intеllеctual propеrtiеs. Undеrstanding thе concеpt of copyright and thе procеss of rеgistration is pivotal for crеators sееking to protеct thеir work.

What Do You Understand By Copyright?

In India, the Copyright Act, of 1957 protects the original work of the creator. It could be literature, drama, artistic work, song/music, or any other recording. Apart from the Copyright Act, of 1957, India is also a part of the Geneva Convention along with that India is also an active member of the World Intellectual Property Organization as well which protects the creativity of the author.

Once the work of the creator is copyrighted he enjoys the monopoly of his creativity without any fear of his work getting misused in any form. Once you get the copyright for your original work it is protected against any unfair advantage.

Why Is It Important To Avail Copyright Protection Services?

We are a team of experts who hold a great experience in dealing with copyrights. It’ s important that a person gets a Copyright for his work as it safeguards his work from getting misused or falling in the wrong hands. It is vital to get copyright. registration so that the rights of a creator are protected from getting infringed.

Copyright Registration Search

We have a vast team which looks into this area, they make sure that our client’s original work and his creativity is not already copyrighted. It is important to have run this search once before we go ahead with the filing of the application as it assures that the work is very much original.

Who Can Apply For The Copyright Registration?

Any person can get his work copyrighted, it could be an author, a musician, photographer, producer, painter, composer, or a company. Therefore the person enjoys the exclusive rights of ownership over his creativity. However, the copyright registration process is a process in which it is advised that you take professional help.

What Documents Would I Need To Apply For Copyright Registration?

  • Name of the author
  • Identity proof of the author
  • 2 copies of the work
  • No objection certificate from the publisher if the publisher and the work is different from the applicant.
  • No objection certificate from the author if the applicant is not the author of the original work.
  • No objection certificate from other copyright holders, in case more than one Power of Attorney if your application is filed by an advocate. It should be signed by the applicant.

What Can I Get Copyrighted?

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Just to reassure that the work to be copyrighted is original and does not previously exist is is beneficial to run a copyright search.

Once all the formalities are completed and all the documents are properly furnished the registrar would issue the certificate of registration to the applicant. Getting a certificate of registration gives the applicant ownership and exclusive rights over his work thus, safeguarding his creativity from any misuse.

Application

The drafting of the copyright application is the very first step in the process of copyright registration. The application along with the copy of the original work is submitted. Once the application is submitted a dairy number shall be received by the applicant.

Once all the formalities are completed and all the documents are properly furnished the registrar would issue the certificate of registration to the applicant. Getting a certificate of registration gives the applicant ownership and exclusive rights over his work thus, safeguarding his creativity from any misuse.

Publication

Once the dairy number is issued, there is a minimum 30 days waiting period. In this time period, the copyright examiner reviews the application. This 30 days waiting period allows objections if any to be raised and reviewed by the examiner.

What Happens If There Are No Objections?

The examiner reviews and scrutinizes the application thoroughly and makes sure there are all the documents and information attached to the application. In such cases where no objections are raised, the examiner takes the application forward onto the next step. There might be times when some faults and objections are raised regarding the work in the question, in such a scenario the letter of discrepancy is sent to the applicant. The application can move forward only when the applicant effectively replies to all the objections and all the discrepancies are therefore resolved. Henceforth, the application is taken onto the next step after the hearing with the registrar.

What Would Happen If Objections Still Persist In My Application?

If you seek legal help, the team of experts should be able to help you draft replies to such objections. However if these objections still persist or if you don’t reply to them in a timely fashion then it would eventually lead to the rejection of your application. The registrar would send a letter of rejection of the application to the applicant.

Registration

Once all the formalities are completed and all the documents are properly furnished the registrar would issue the certificate of registration to the applicant. Getting a certificate of registration gives the applicant ownership and exclusive rights over his work thus, safeguarding his creativity from any misuse.

For How Many Years Is My Copyright Valid?

Like other Intellectual properties copyrights are also upto a limited time period. The creator of a literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work is valid for 60 years which is counted from the date/year of the death of the creator.

Whereas, if the work is in the form of cinematograph films, sound recordings, photographs or any publications the copyright is valid for 60 years of period which begins from the date of publication.