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What is Copyright Registration?

Copyright is a type of intellectual property protection offered to artistic work. In order to obtain the protection, the owner or the authorized agent on behalf of the owner needs to file for Copyright Registration under the Copyright Act of 1957. Successful copyright registration grants you legal ownership of your creative work in different aspects of work such as books, paintings, music, sound, etc. Copyright Registration offers security to the creative work of the author, which prohibits unwanted and unauthorized copying of the work. Without permission from the creator or author, no one is permitted to utilize the same. The author has the right to get paid if someone uses or modifies his work. The registration of copyrights protects the inventor’s rights from infringement.

In India, the registration grants the owner the sole right to distribute, copy, and reproduce the work or to grant permission to another party to do so. It grants a plethora of rights, including public communication, copyright, adaptation, and translation rights. Ideas, processes, operational procedures, and mathematical concepts, however, are not protected by copyright.

What is Copyright?

A copyright is a set of legal protections that belong to the creator of an original piece of authorship, such as a song, movie, software, or literary work. These rights cover the ability to distribute copies, create derivative works, reproduce the work, and perform and exhibit it in public. It helps to think of these rights as a bundle of sticks, with each stick standing in for one of these rights in order to comprehend how they can be used or licensed. The owner of the copyright has the option to transmit each “stick” to one or more recipients individually or collectively or to keep them all for themselves.

Benefits of Copyright Registration

Copyright registration brings a wide range of benefits to itself, which promotes its usage. A few of such benefits are as follows:

  • Authenticity

When an artistic work, be it sound, painting, music, graphic, etc., is registered and has been granted a copyright certificate, the work is classified as authentication in the market. This means that the work is an original creation of the owner and has not been copied from any other previous work. This grants the ease to the audience to bifurcate the original work from its pirated form.

  • Protection from Infringement

When an art is created, which becomes a masterpiece of the time, it is generally expected that people would try to copy the art form in one way or another to utilize the goodwill built under the name of such art. In order to protect the original creator of the piece from being a victim of credit theft in the name of art, a copyright certificate becomes the shield of protection, giving the damages to the owner in case of infringement and further restoring the rights with one.

  • Monetization

When you obtain a copyright certificate over your creation, you are allowed to monetize over such art form created. Expected that people would like to utilize the form of art to gain money, whether it be a sound, music, graphics, etc., you as an owner can sell your permission in return for the usage, which brings the road for monetization without risking the authentication and the rights.

  • Ownership status

A certificate for copyright grants you the ownership status for your work, stating that the work has been created by you. In some cases, even if the work has not been created by you, but the real owner has sold his copyright to you, now all the rights are vested with you regarding the usage, copy, sale, and rent of the work.

  • Creativity Promotion

The protection offered to creative work frees people from fear of misuse, which further promotes creativity, and therefore, more artistic works are produced.

Are you eligible for Copyright Registration?

If you intend to proceed ahead with the Copyright Registration, then in order to be eligible for the same under the Indian Copyright Act, you need to fall into one of the categories mentioned as follows:

  • Author

If you are an author, defining an individual who has originally created the work, has been a party in the making of the actual work, or has been an employer during whose employment course the work was created, or has been permitted to receive copyright for his work, then in such scenarios, you are eligible to file for copyright registration.

  • Owner

The owner of the original work is being exclusively provided with the exclusive rights under the Copyright Act to use, control, or distribute the original work by either making copies of the original work, performing, communicating the work to the people, or making variations of the originals. Consequently, the owner is entitled to file for copyright registration for his original work.

  • Agent

An authorized agent is also eligible to file for the copyright registration on the behalf of:

  • The Owner or Co-Owner
  • Author or Co-Author
  • Copyright Claimant

Process for Copyright Registration

You may follow the given step-by-step process for a successful copyright registration:

Step 1: The necessary payments (included in Schedule 2 of the act) must be provided to the Registrar together with an application in the format of FORM IV, including all the details and the statement of the details. For distinct works, a separate application must be submitted.

Step 2: You may check the fees you have to pay for your work in the list issued by the government dictating fees for all forms of work.

Step 3: Get the application signed by all the applicants involved, along with the advocate on whose reliance a Vakalatnama or POA has been used.

Step 4: A mandatory period of 30 days is required to be served in order to receive any objections with regard to copyright. Moreover, the Registrar also issues a Diary No. to the applicant.

Step 5: In the event of no objection received within 30 days, the scrutinizer will evaluate the application to detect any discrepancy. Once verified, the Registrar will approve the application, and the extract will be sent to the Registrar so that it can be incorporated into the Register of Copyright.

Step 6: If there is any objection reported, the Registrar will issue a notice to both parties to present their case before the Registrar and, therefore, will schedule the hearing

Step 7: Depending on the consequences of the scheduled hearing, the Registrar will either approve or reject the opposition notice based on the evidence and arguments presented. Therefore, the application will either be approved or rejected as deemed fit by the Registrar.

Documents Required for Copyright Registration

The list of the documents varies as per the nature of the work proposed by the Copyright Registration. However, the general documents required in any category of work are as follows:

Type of WorkDocuments Required
ArtisticTwo copies of the workA DD/IPO of the amount per work, if applicableNOC from the author in case the applicant is not the same as the author.If the applicant is not the publisher of the published work, then the publisher must provide an NOC.Trade Mark Office Search Certificate (TM-60), if the work is being used on or has the potential to be utilized on goods.NOC from the individual whose picture is displayed on the piece.If using an attorney to file the application, a specific Power of Attorney must be submitted in writing, properly signed by the applicant, and accepted by the attorney.
Cinematograph FilmTwo copies of the work; DD/IPO of the amount applicable for work; NOCs from different copyright holders or a copy of the agreement (assignment deed copy).If the applicant is not the publisher of the published work, then the publisher must provide an NOC.If using an attorney to file the application, a specific Power of Attorney must be submitted in writing, properly signed by the applicant, and accepted by the attorney.
Music2 Copies of work (Graphical Notes) DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work NOC from the publisher if work is published and the publisher is different from the 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
Literary/ Dramatic2 Copies of work DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work NOC from the publisher if the applicant is other than the publisher and the work is published. NOC from the author if the applicant is other than the authorIf 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
Sound Recording2 Copies of work DD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work NOC from various copyright holders or copies of the agreements (deed of assignment). NOC from the publisher if work is published and the 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
Software2 Copies of workDD/IPO of Rs. (as applicable) per work NOC from the author if the author is different from the applicant.NOC from the publisher if work is published and the 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 Source code and object code of work for verification.

How does RegisterKaro help you with Copyright Registration?

  • Pool of Experts

RegisterKaro holds a large pool of experts from all over the world who specialize in copyright-related services.  Our team of experts makes sure that your work is taken care of in the most effective manner possible.

  • Cost-effective

RegisterKaro Copyright Related Services are of premium quality at the most efficient rate, which suits the client’s pocket, making sure that quality service is not the only thing the client gains on our platform.

  • Client-oriented approach

Our team of experts is well trained and equipped with a client-oriented approach, keeping in mind that the process must be client-centric, focusing on meeting all the requirements of their business and, therefore, satisfying their needs.

  • Process Alteration

For the fact that we focus on a client-centric approach, we keep our process structurization open for the client to alter it as per their need, requirements, and vision.  For us, obtaining the best results is the focus, along with the Client satisfaction.

  • Trusted partner of 10000+ Clients

RegisterKaro has earned the trust of more than 10000+ clients who have availed themselves of copyright registration services.  Their trust in us from a term in continuity is proof of our services backed by quality and assurance.

FAQs

  • What is the process of copyright registration?

For Copyright registration, you need to follow the given process: File an application < attach the documents < pay the requisite fee < verifier and evaluate the application < wait period for Objection < address objection if received < and grant copyright certificate.

  • How do you create a copyright?

You can create a copyright over creation or work that is deemed to be protected by filing a copyright application with the Indian Registrar of Copyright.

  • Is copyright registration free in India?

Copyright registration is not free in India. However, the fee required is quite minimal so that each class can afford the same.

  • How do I register for free copyright?

You cannot register the copyright for a fee, as there is a certain fee required to be paid while filing the copyright application. This fee varies as per the kind of work is to be copyrighted.

  • Who is the owner of the copyright?

Any person who holds the rights to the work under his name by obtaining the copyright certificate in his name is the legal owner of the copyright.

  • Can we register copyright?

Yes, you may register your work for copyright on your own without taking external assistance. However, the process is quite tedious and complex. Therefore, it is suggested that you get professional help.

  • What are the 3 limitations of copyright?

Though the benefits are quite wide to cover the limitations, there are still some to be addressed, such as limited access, market failure, reduced usage, etc.

  • Which form is used for copyright registration?

Form IV – Application for Registration of Copyright is used to file for copyright registration.

  • Can I apply for copyright by myself?

Yes, you may register your work for copyright on your own without taking external assistance. However, the process is quite tedious and complex. Therefore, it is suggested that you get professional help.

  • What is the purpose of the copyright?

Copyright safeguards the creator’s work and rights over that work with respect to distribution, sale, rent, etc. Moreover, copyright registration creates authenticity to the work and, therefore, trust and reliability.

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