Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created. But its registration is very important in order to enforce the copyright. It establishes a public record of copyright claim. Copyright in India is governed by the Copyright Rules 1958 and The Copyright Act, 1957 as amended in 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994 and 1999. The Copyright (Amendment) Act, 1999 was passed by both upper house and lower house of the Indian parliament and was later on signed by the Indian president on 30th December, 1999.

Copyright provides certain exclusive rights to the creator of the original work. The protection of the copyright includes both published work and unpublished work. Following works comes under the preview of copyright protection:

Literary works

        • Musical works, including any accompanying words
        • Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
        • Pantomimes and choreographic works
        • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
        • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
        • Sound recordings, and
        • Architectural work

The general rule is that copyright lasts for 60 years. Copyright protection gives the following exclusive rights to the owner:

To reproduce the work

        • To issue copies of the work to the public
        • To perform the work in public
        • To communicate the work to the public.
        • To make cinematography film or sound recording in respect of the work
        • To make any translation of the work
        • To make any adaptation of the work.

Process of registration of copyright in India includes the application with complete details is filed. Then the application is examined, if any objection are raised the process also includes clearance of objection. In case where no objections are raised, certificate is issued by the Copyright Registration Office.

Following documents are required for copyright registration:

Full Name, Address and Nationality of Applicant & that of the author The year & country of first publication of the work

        • List of countries where the work has been published and the year of publication
        • The year & the country of last publication
        • If the author is deceased, the date of his death.
        • No objection certificate from trademark registry.

Six copies of the work Power of Attorney.

Copyright registration is valuable to a copyright holder who wishes to take a civil or criminal action against infringement. Barahami Legal Services provides you very time efficient, cost efficient and hassle free service for Copyright Registration.

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