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Copyright registration provides protection to the intellectual work of owner & ensures that originality is honored. Now, become a legal owner of your creative work!

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What is Copyright?

Copyright provides protection to the original works of the author. Copyright is basically an intellectual property right confers upon its owner. Any other individual or entity can use original work (like books, scripts, even software, artistic, cinematography, recordings, computer programming etc.) of the creator with his/ her permission only. Companies often copyright instruction manuals, Website content, product literature, brochure, and user guides. Copyrights are also transferable.

Copyright Registration

What is Copyright Registration?

Copyright registration is done in accordance with the Copyright Act, 1957. With copyright registration, you may become a legal owner of your creative work in respect of books, paintings, music, video, paintings, website, mobile application etc. Copyright registration with the authority ensures that creative work of the author cannot be imitated. No person is authorized to use the same without the permission of the author or creator. The author is allowed to charge others for using his work or modifying it. Copyrights registration safeguards the rights of the creator from infringement. It gives legal protection by which no other person can misuse the copyright in any manner without obtaining the permission of the owner.

What are the benefits of Copyright Registration?

There are various benefits of Copyright registration; some of them are as follows:

  • Safeguard of Owner
  • With Copyright registration, copyright owner gets the exclusive rights over reproduction, distribution, adaptation, dissemination, and translation of the work.

  • Legal Protection
  • Creators enjoy exclusive legal protection when their work reproduced without authorization.

  • Brand value
  • A registered Copyright has a proof of ownership and you can use it for marketing and it also creates goodwill.

  • Worldwide Protection
  • If the work is copyrighted in any other country then it gives the similar privilege to that work in India.

  • Copyright is an Asset
  • Copyright is an intellectual property for the owner, therefore, it is considered as an intangible asset which can be sold or franchised.

  • Owner publicity
  • A copyright registration makes work known across the world and it becomes searchable in the copyright registry database. Once copyright registration is done it prevents the use of work without authorization of the author.

  • Economic Stability
  • Copyright registration helps in ensuring economic stability as the creator will be able to reproduce his/ her art in whatever form.

What things can be Protected with Copyright Registration?

  • Artistic works like painting, graphics, and sculpture;
  • Cinematograph Film;
  • Musical work & Sound recording;
  • Literary works like books, computer programs, website etc;
  • Dramatic works like scripts for films/dramas;

What are the Documents Required for Copyright Registration?

Below mentioned documents are required for Copyright Registration under the following cases:

a). Artistic

  • 2 Copies of work.
  • DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work.
  • NOC from the author if the applicant is different from the author.
  • NOC from the publisher if work published and publisher is different from Applicant.
  • Search Certificate from Trade Mark Office (TM -60) if the work is being Used on goods or capable of being used on the goods.
  • NOC from a person whose photograph appears on the work.
  • If the application is being filed through an attorney, a specific Power of Attorney in original duly signed by the applicant and accepted by the attorney.

b). Cinematograph Film

  • 2 Copies of work.
  • DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work.
  • NOC from various copyright holders or a copy of the agreement (deed of assignment).
  • NOC from the publisher if work published and publisher is different from the applicant.
  • If the application is being filed through an attorney, a specific Power of Attorney in original duly signed by the applicant and accepted by the attorney.

c). Music

  • 2 Copies of work.
  • DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work.
  • NOC from the publisher if work published and publisher is different from Applicant.
  • NOC from the author if the applicant is other than the author.
  • If the application is being filed through an attorney, a specific Power of Attorney in original duly signed by the applicant and accepted by the attorney

d). Literary / Dramatic

  • 2 Copies of work.
  • DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work.
  • NOC from the author if the applicant is other than the author.
  • If the application is being filed through an attorney, a specific Power of Attorney in original duly signed by the applicant and accepted by the attorney.

e). Sound Recording

  • 2 Copies of work.
  • DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work.
  • NOC from various copyright holders or a copy of the agreement (deed of assignment).
  • NOC from the publisher if work published and publisher is different from the applicant.
  • If the application is being filed through an attorney, a specific Power of Attorney in original duly signed by the applicant and accepted by the attorney.

What is the Online Copyright Registration Process in India?

For Copyright registration, the following steps need to be undertaken:

  • User Registration
  • The first step in Copyright registration is user registration on the website of government. After successful registration, the user will receive login ID and password.

  • Filing of Copyright Registration Application
  • Copyright registration application is made in form XIV as per the first schedule of the rules along with the fee prescribed under the second schedule of the rules. This application must be signed by the applicant. The power of attorney is also required to be enclosed if required which must be signed by the party & accepted by the advocate.

  • Submission
  • Once the application is submitted along with the necessary documents you will get dairy number (acknowledgment).

  • Copyright Registration Certificate
  • The registration certificate will be issued by the authority if the application is approved. The whole process will take around 2 to 3 months in the normal course.

Copyright Registration Process Flow Chart

Copyright Registration Process Flow Chart

How we can check the status of Copyright Registration Application?

To check the status of Copyright registration application, one needs to undertake the following steps:

  • Visit the website of the Copyright registrar and then click on “Status of Application”.
  • After this, put the diary number you received which is also known as acknowledgment number and then submit.
  • You will get the status.

Legal Rights of Copyright Owner

  • The owner may claim authorship for published work under the right of paternity.
  • The owner may reproduce the work in any tangible form & storing it in any medium by electronic means.
  • The owner may decide where to publish and where not under the right of publication.
  • The owner may perform in public, or communicate it to the public or he may make any translation or adaptation of the work.
  • The owner may take necessary preventive actions in case of image or reputation loss.
  • The owner may sell or transfer.

Different Status of Copyright Registration

Here we are giving you the meaning of different status issued by the authority:

  • Waiting: Copyright registration application under a mandatory waiting period
  • Documents not received, formality check failed: Documents not received after payment
  • Abandoned: Documents not received after the filing of the application
  • Scrutiny: Copyright registration application under process
  • Re-Scrutiny: Copyright registration application is again under process
  • Hearing: Hearing on the objection

How long does Copyright Protection Last?

After copyright registration, copyright is valid for the lifetime of the author + 70 years after the death of the author.

Define Original Work

The original work means which has not been copied from any other work. Originality comes from the knowledge, capability, skills, judgment, and hard work of the creator. As per copyright act, only expressions can be copyrighted, not the ideas. For example, content on your website, cannot be copied by the competitor however competitor can use the idea in business activity.

How we can help you with Copyright Registration?

Enterslice can help you in filing Copyright registration application. We offer all type of legal services all over India and across the world.
For Copyright registration from Enterslice, you have to go through the following steps:

  • You just have to visit our website https://enterslice.com/copyright-registration and fill your basic details like name, Email Id & Mobile No – Click on Get Started button.
  • Then we request you to wait for a call back by a consultant alternatively if you are in hurry then you can directly make the payment and start the process if you are clear about the Copyright registration process.
  • Our team of experts will call you back in 4 to 8 Working hours and after that, if you will have any further query, then a professional from our senior management will speak with you on Skype. You can also drop an email on info@enterslice.com
  • After understanding the structure of your invention team of Enterslice will share a detailed checklist of documents required from your end for further action.
  • We will assign you a unique order Number to track the progress of the assignment.
  • You can also upload documents by using Mobile application of Enterslice which is available on Google play store for Android users and the Apple App Store for ios users. You can also email your documents to support@enterslice.com
  • We assign a small team of 4 people on each assignment of Copyright registration with Combination of Professionals like CA, CS, and Lawyers.
  • You can track the status of your order on our website or by using Mobile App.
  • We will send regular updates via email about the work progress.
  • Our team will handle end to end process with the appropriate government authority.

For tracking the status of your order you can write us on support@enterslice.com and for Feedbacks/Complaints write to care@enterslice.com

Difference between Trademark, Patent, and Copyright

Basis Trademark Copyright Patent
Introduction Trademark protects any word, symbol, a design that identifies a business and distinguishes the band from others. It protects the expression of ideas like artistic work. Artistic work includes work related to books, paintings, music and computer Programme. Copyright protection helps in excluding others from using the work. The patent protects the invention of the inventor and gives an exclusive right to the inventor over his/her invention and it also excludes others from using the invention.
Significance Brand Identification Expression of Idea Invention
Govern by Trade Marks Act, 1999 Indian Copyright Act, 1957 Indian Patent Act, 1970
Components Protects distinctive mark, symbol or design Protects Artistic & literary work Protects Invention
Registration Requirement Trademark registration is not mandatory however it is advisable to get as it gives exclusive right over the mark/symbol. There is no such registration required. Patent Registration is mandatory.
Exclusions Prevent others from using the same logo/symbol. Others cannot copy the work. Prevent others from using the invention without the consent
Validity Term 10 Years 60 Years 20 years

Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright Registration in India

The Copyright Act, 1957 gives protection to the literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works of the creator from the unauthorized use. Copyright offers protection to the expressions and not to the ideas.

No, one cannot apply for Copyright registration in respect of ideas or mathematical concepts. Copyright does not provide protection to the ideas or concepts.

Yes, Copyright registration application can be submitted physically at Plot no. 32, Boudhik Sampada Bhawan, Sector 14, Dwarka, New Delhi - 110075. However physical submission of Copyright registration application is a cumbersome process.

Copyright protection cannot be given to a website as a whole. For this, an applicant has to submit a separate application in respect of each component appearing on a website.

For Copyright registration, you can choose Enterslice in order to file correct & proper copyright registration application. We have a team of experienced professionals who will help in getting your work done in a smooth manner.

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