India: Digitization of Copyright Office for improving transparency

February 2, 2018


In an attempt to improve transparency and cut down delays in examination of copyright applications, the Copyright Office through a public notice dated January 12, 2018, stated that it would be publishing orders and hearing notice issued in relation to applications filed for registration of Copyright.

As per Rule 70 (12) of the Copyright Rules, 2013, the Registrar of Copyright shall give an opportunity of hearing before rejecting any application filed for registration of any work.

This initiative regarding the publication of orders and hearing is an incredible move towards improving transparency of intellectual property registrations. This attempt of following the procedure of publishing orders and hearing notice under the said rule would definitely improve transparency and ease the procedure related to the Registration of Copyright in India.

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