In an attempt to cut down delays in examination of copyright applications, the Copyright Office through a public notice dated December 04, 2017, stated that it would be publishing the list of such applications received for registration of Copyright during the week i.e. Monday to Friday.
The public notice stated that every publication shall be treated as a notice to every person who claims or has any interest in the subject matter of Copyright or has dispute regarding the said application and the said application would be examined if no objection is received within 30 days.
As per Rule 70 (9) of the Copyright Rules, 2013, the person applying for registration of a copyright shall give notice of his application to every person who claims or has any interest in the subject matter of the copyright or disputes the rights of the applicant to it.
The public notice further stated that, if no work or documents are received after issuance of notice, then such application would be treated as abandoned, without further notice, with a liberty to apply afresh.
The Copyright Office would be publishing the list of such applications on weekly a basis, on its website every Monday.
This initiative regarding the publication of copyright applications is an incredible move towards digitization and transparency. This attempt of following the procedure of giving notice under the said rule would definitely ease the procedure related to the Registration of Copyright in India.
The public notice dated December 04, 2017 can be accessed here.