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Copyright registration is legal protection that ensures no one can misuse the copyrighted efforts of writer or creator without the permission of the owner. It gives recognition to the intellectual property of yours. In this article we will know how to register copyright.
Copyright Registration confers upon its owner only rights to copy or make a replica of the work. It gives the owner the exclusive right over his work. It is not mandatory to get your work copyrighted but doing so would give the owner a set of minimum rights over his work. It will protect your work thereby motivating you to do more work.
Indian Copyright Act, 1957 governs whole of copyright registration.
Copyright shall subsist all over India in the following class of works, i.e. to say-
It applies to literary (books, scripts, even software) and audiovisual (music, photographs, and movies) works.
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 transferable.
Copyright Registration is valid for a period of 60 years. The 60-year period is calculated from the year following the demise of the writer.
Copyright identifies the exclusive rights of the creator over an original work. However, in the commercial world, it is advisable to register the copyright on their work as it will be only proof and way to approach the courts in case if any dispute arises. Registering copyright will ensure protection and no one would be able to copy your work and make unwanted gains out of it.
It also creates a public record and sends out a message that this particular work is copyrighted. Not just that you can make economical gains out of it by using your work in different ways. Therefore one should always look to protect their intellectual property.
In case anyone wants to copyright a video, film or an audio recording track, it is suggested that one should obtain NOC from all the people involved in its making. This will protect from any objections from them at a later date. This has become vital to register a sound recording and cinematography.
The documents required to register copyright differs from work to work. However we have provided certain basic documents that are required.
Name, Address & Nationality of the Applicant
State whether the applicant is the author of the work or the representative of the author.
Class & Description of the Work (In the case of a website, give the URL of the website Language of the Work).
If the work is to be used on a product then No Objection Certificate is required. If the applicant is not the author then NOC is required from the author.
The benefits are as follows:
Just 4 Steps are required for Copyright Registration Process:
Creativity is something that should be encouraged among people and by assuring them protection, they are motivated to create and produce more of such work in the future. There are penal provisions as well in case of copyright infringement. You can read more about it on Enterslice.
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Ashish M. Shaji has done his graduation in law (BA. LLB) from CCS University. He has keen interests in doing extensive research and writing on legal subjects especially on corporate law. He is a creative thinker and has a great interest in exploring legal subjects.
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