Copyrights Registration in Delhi NCR (Gurgaon & Noida) and whole India

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What is a copyright?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection granted under the Indian Copyright Act 1957, to the creators of original works of authorship such as literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works The copyright vests in original work in whatever form it may be and in India it is not mandatory but useful in courts where civil and/or criminal proceedings can be taken to protect it.

Copyright owners have the exclusive rights to do or authorise the doing of any of the following in respect of a work :

  • To reproduce the work in any material form including the storing of it in any medium by electronic means
  • To issue copies of the work to the public not being copies already in publication
  • To perform the work in public, or communicate it to the public
  • To make any translation or adaptation of the work
  • To sell or give on hire, or offer for sale or hire a copy (in case of a computer programme), regardless of whether such copy has been sold or given on hire on earlier occasions.

WHAT IS PROTECTED UNDER COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION

  • a) Literary, dramatic or musical work.
  • b) Computer programs.
  • c) Cinematograph film.
  • d) Sound recording

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION IN INDIA

a) Two copies of the work to be protected under copyright registration.
b) Name, address and nationality of the applicant.
c) Nature of the applicant’s interest in the work.
d) Title of the work.
e) Name, address and nationality of the creator or author of the work and if the author is deceased, the date of his death.
f) Year and name of the country of first publication of the work and name, address and nationality of the publisher.
g) Year and countries of subsequent publications, if any, and names, address and nationalities of the publishers.
h) Names, addresses and nationalities of the owners of the having rights in the copyright work and the extent of rights held by each owner, together with particulars of assignments and licenses, if any.
i) Names, addresses and nationalities of other person, if any, authorized to assign or license the rights comprising the copyright.
j) No -objection certificate from the Trademark Registry.
k) The applications should be signed by the applicant or the advocate in whose favour a Power of Attorney has been executed. The Power of Attorney signed by the party and accepted by the advocate should also be enclosed.

BENEFITS AND SIGNIFICANCE OF COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION

a) Copyright protection ensures certain minimum safeguards of the rights of authors over their creations, thereby protecting and rewarding creativity.
b) An owner of the copyright work also has an advantage to either sell or agree for transferring his copyright to someone else whether for free or on the basis of some royalty.
c) Copyright therefore encourages enterprise and creator of works to helping them to materialize their creative work.
d) Copyright protection provides benefits in the form of economic rights which entitle the creators to legally get an appropriate financial reward from activities such as making copies, performing in public, broadcasting, use on-line, etc.

PROCESS OF COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION IN INDIA:

Copyright exists even without formal registration. However, to secure and reap actual benefits of copyright subject matter, it is advisable to get the work protected under copyright registration. Certificate of copyright registration and entries made in the register of copyrights serve as prima-facie evidence in the court of law that the work is copyright protected.