What Is Copyright Registration?
Copyright is the exclusive right by law to do certain actions in respect of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. Copyright does not protect the specific idea or information or content but it protect the form and manner in which it is represented. It is applicable on a wide range of innovative, intellectual, scholarly, or artistic forms or works. The copyright symbol ‘©’ is used by the owner who have registered copyright.
Advantages Of Copyright Registration
Registration guarantees legal protection guards goodwill and restricts unlawful reproduction of the work of the inventor.
Global protection as the copyright in India is known virtually worldwide.
Procedure For Copyright Registration
An application (including all the particulars and the statement of the particulars) in the format of FORM IV has to have to be sent to the registrar along with the requisite fees (mentioned in Schedule 2 of the act.). A separate application has to be made for separate works
Every application has to be signed by the applicant as well as an Advocate in whose favor a POA has been executed The registrar will issue a Dairy No. and then there is a mandatory waiting time for a period of 30 days for any objections to be received.
If there are no objections received within 30 days, the scrutinizer will check the application for any discrepancy and if no discrepancy is there, the registration will be done and an extract will be sent to the registrar for entry in the Register of Copyright.
If any objection is received, the examiner will send a letter to both the parties about the objections and will give them both a hearing. After the hearing, if the objections are resolved the scrutinizer will scrutinize the application and approve or reject the application as the case may.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Copyright
Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings.
Generally, the term of copyright is the lifetime of the author plus 60 years thereafter.
Any individual who is an author or rights owner or assignee or legal heir can file application for copyright of a work.
Yes. Computer Software or programme can be registered as a ‘literary work’. Literary Work includes computer programmes, tables and compilations including computer databases”.
A web-site contains several works such as literary works, artistic works (photographs etc.), sound recordings, video clips, cinematograph films and broadcastings and computer software too. Therefore, separate applications have to be filed for registration of all these works.
After you file your application and receive diary number you have to wait for a mandatory period of 30 days so that no objection is filed in the Copyright office against your claim. In case any objection is filed, the Registrar of Copyrights after giving an opportunity of hearing to both the parties may decide to register the work or otherwise.