Copyright Law

Copyright Registration

Copyright Registration In India

How to get a Copyright registered in India?

Documents required for filing of a Copyright registration in India are:

i. Four copies of the artistic work.

ii. Name, address and nationality of the applicant.

iii. Nature of the applicant’s interest in the work

iv. Title of the work.

v. Name, address and nationality of the author and if the author is deceased, the date of his death.

vi. Year and country of first publication and name, address and nationality of the publisher.

vii. Year and countries of subsequent publications, if any, and names, address and nationalities of the publishers.

viii. Names, addresses and nationalities of the owners of the various rights comprising the copyright in the work and the extent of rights held by each, together
with particulars of assignments and licenses, if any.

ix. Names, addresses and nationalities of other person, if any, authorized to assign or license the rights comprising the copyright.

x. No -objection certificate from the Trade Marks Registry

xi. Power of attorney on Indian Stamp Paper.

Procedure for Grant of Copyright in India

Filing: Upon filing an application for copyright with complete details and copies, the author or the rightful owner has to wait for a mandatory period of 30 days for any objection that may be filed in the Copyright office against the claim that the concerned work is created by the applicant. If any objection is filed, it may take another one month’s time to decide as to whether the work could be registered by the Registrar of Copyrights after giving an opportunity of hearing the matter from both the parties.

Examination: If no objection is filed within the said period, the application is then formally examined and objections by the Examiner, if any, are raised, or any extra documents required are requested for. Response to the objections/examination report has to be filed within 30 days.

Registration: A Copyright registration certificate is issued by the Copyright Office after the objections, if any, are overcome to the satisfaction of the Copyright Office.

Rights under Copyright Protection in India

  • Economic Rights
  • Moral Right

How to Copyright a Book in India?

Copyright protection for a book can be secured by filing the same as a literary content under the Indian Copyright Act and Rules. For filing copyright as a literary content, the same has to be filed on Form XIV alongwith prescribed documents and fees.

Duration of Copyright registration

The duration or term for copyright registration in a literary content is throughout the life of the author and then 60 years from the date on which the author died. However, if the work has not been published, performed, or offered for sale or broadcast during the lifetime of the author, the copyright protection shall continue for a period of 60 years from the end of the year in which any of these acts are done relating to the work.

Apply for Copyright registration online here.

The details of official fees for copyright registration in India can be accessed here.

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