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Updated: May 25, 2023

copyright registration process
copyright registration process

What is copyright registration? Copyright (or author’s right) is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture, and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings. What can be covered or protected using copyright registration? Exhaustive lists of works covered by copyright are usually not to be found in legislation. Nonetheless, broadly speaking, works commonly protected by copyright throughout the world include:

  • Literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspaper articles.

  • Computer programs, databases.

  • Films, musical compositions, and choreography.

  • Artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture.

  • Architecture

  • Advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.

  • Copyright protection extends only to expressions, and not to ideas, procedures, and methods of operation or mathematical concepts as such. Copyright may or may not be available for a number of objects such as titles, slogans, or logos, depending on whether they contain sufficient authorship.

How Can I register for copyright registration online in India? You can write to us we will register your copyright work on your behalf. It’s highly advisable to reduce the cost of litigation and enjoy your interrupted exclusive rights. This can be done with just a few formalities. What is “ Copyright work”? The term “work” is used in the copyright context to refer to a wide range of intellectual creations, from novels to architecture, computer programs, and more. What is the copyright © symbol? Do I need to include it in my work? An indication that copyright had been claimed, such as by using the symbol ©. How long does copyright registration protection last? The limit should be equal to or longer than 50 years after the creator’s death. Longer periods of protection may, however, be provided at the national level. Contact us to find out more. Can I protect my copyright works internationally using copyright? Firstly, copyright protection is automatic in all states party to the Berne Convention, provided the country you sought protection is the party of the convention. In general yes you can. What does it mean to “license” my copyright works and how can I do it? Once you are the rightful owner of a work, you can provide authorization for others to use your work. Such authorizations are commonly referred to as “licenses. You can License your work to users such as broadcasters, publishers, or even entertainment establishments (i.e. bars, nightclubs); Reach us for expert legal advice on negotiating a licensing agreement.

What rights does copyright registration give me? What are my rights as the author of a work? There are two types of rights under copyright: Economic rights, which allow the rights owner to derive financial reward from the use of his works by others; and Moral rights, which protect the non-economic interests of the author. The economic rights owner of a work can prohibit or authorize:

  • It's a reproduction in various forms, such as printed publication or sound recording;

  • Its public performance, such as in a play or musical work;

  • It's recording, for example, in the form of compact discs or DVDs;

  • It's broadcasting, by radio, cable or satellite;

  • It's a translation into other languages; and

  • It's an adaptation, such as a novel into a film screenplay.

Examples of widely recognized moral rights include the right to claim authorship of a work and the right to oppose changes to a work that could harm the creator's reputation. Can I copyright my software or mobile app? Can a mobile application be copyright? Yes, Computer programs and other types of software are considered literary works for copyright purposes. My published work has been reproduced without my permission. What can I do? You can seek a legal remedy from a court or other authority. You can claim before a civil court for monetary compensation and also prevent the continuation or repetition of the infringement. How can I manage copyright-protected works? What are collective management organizations? Collective management organizations (CMOs) monitor uses of works on behalf of creators and is in charge of negotiating licenses and collecting remuneration. They are particularly common in the field of musical and literary works where there may be a large number of users of the same work and it would be difficult both for the owner of rights and the users to seek specific authorization for every single-use and to monitor them. Who owns the copyright to a work? If I create a work whilst in employment, who is the copyright, holder? The first owner of the copyright to a work is generally the original creator or author of the work. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. It depends on work agreement or contract terms and conditions set between the parties. What is a copyrighted work “in the public domain”? When work is said to be in the public domain (also referred to as “commons”) what is meant is that the work no longer has a right owner (of the economic rights). This is usually because the term of copyright protection has expired. Can I freely use copyright works published on the Internet? A common misperception is that works published on the Internet, including on social media platforms, are in the public domain and may, therefore, be widely used by anybody without the authorization of the rights owner. Any works protected by copyright or related rights – ranging from musical compositions to multimedia products, newspaper articles, and audiovisual productions – for which the time of protection has not expired, are protected regardless of whether they are published on paper or digitally. In each case you should, generally, seek the authorization of the right owner prior to use. What are related or neighbouring rights? Related or neighbouring rights are a separate set of copyright-type rights given to certain persons or bodies that help make works available to the public. The beneficiaries of related rights in national legislation are usually performers, producers of phonograms, and broadcasting organizations.


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