Copyright Of Artwork Of A Public Figure In India

I have created artwork of Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi which contains his name & portrait. I have created it to print it on merchandise like t-shirts & then sell those to the end user. I want to register its copyright. Will I have to acquir... Read More

I have created artwork of Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi which contains his name & portrait. I have created it to print it on merchandise like t-shirts & then sell those to the end user. I want to register its copyright. Will I have to acquire any permission/license from Shri Narendra Modi or Bhartiya Janata Party's IT cell or someone else to register the artwork for copyright? If yes, then from whom will I have to get the needful done? How long will it take to get the copyright registered & how much would it cost?
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To get copyright registration for an artistic work relating to a public figure, a No Objection Certificate is required. You can hire an IPR lawyer in India to get an NOC from the PMO as the procedure can be a little tricky. 

Under the Copyright Act, 1957, the following work can be copyrighted.

  • Imaginative work including a canvas, a figure, a drawing (counting an outline, guide, graph or plan), an etching, a photo, a work of engineering or masterful craftsmanship, emotional work
  • Scholarly work (counting PC programs, tables, arrangements and PC databases)
  • Musical work (counting music and additionally graphical documentation)
  • Sound recording
  • Cinematograph film

A Copyright registration application is filed along with copies of the work, after which a diary number is issued to the applicant. The Copyright registration application is kept open for the public to raise any objections for a period of 30 days. If no objection is received against the application, the Copyright Registrar registers the work. If any objections are raised, a reply can be sent to the Registrar. The Registrar can grant the Copyright or reject the application on the basis of reply to Copyright objection.

Answered on 11 Feb 2019


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