Copyright is one of the Intellectual Property that protects the original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work of the creator. In other words, Copyright protects the original work of a creator from being used, copied, sold or distributed without permission or license.

Copyright registration can be done for literary works like books, scripts, etc., musical work like music, songs, audio, etc. and artistic work like a movie, play, video, etc. A Copyright can also be registered for a software in India. Business entities often copyright instruction manuals, product literature and user guides. The Copyright Act, 1957 lays down the law relating to Copyright registration, the remedy against infringement and penalties.

Copyright Registration Online in India

Documents needed for Copyright Registration

  1. Proof of Name and Nationality of Applicant.
  2. Address proof, like Aadhar, PAN Card, Voter ID Card, etc.
  3. Description of work
  4. Copies of the work
  5. Date of Publication of work

Process of Online Copyright Registration

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.


What can be protected with a Copyright registration?
You can get a Copyright for the following: 1. Literary works like books, computer programs, website, etc. 2. Dramatic work like scripts for television shows, films and dramas 3. Musical works like recorded sounds, songs, music, etc. 4. Artistic works like paintings, photographs, etc.
What cannot be copyrighted?
Any ideas, procedures, methods of operation or mathematical concepts cannot be copyrighted.
Can I get a Copyright for Name or Title?
Copyright does not protect titles or names, word , slogans, phrases, etc. for this you need to get a Trademark and for any innovative product or service, you need to get a Patent.
What is the difference between Trademark and Copyright?
Trademark protects a brand name, logo or slogan, i.e. the identity of the business. Copyright protects the original work of an artist in the literary, musical or artistic work.
What is the validity of Copyright registration in India?
A Copyright registration is valid for a period of 60 years.
Who can apply for Copyright registration?
Any individual or company who is the owner of the work to be copyrighted can apply for Copyright registration.
Can I transfer my rights under Copyright?
A Copyright is the type of IPR that can be sold, transferred, gifted or franchised through a license or agreement.
Is a Copyright registered in India valid in other countries?
A copyright is only valid in India. However, if you have filed a copyright in India, you can use the copyright registration application as an evidence to show that you have been using the copyrighted work.
What if someone uses my Copyright without permission?
If a person uses your copyrighted work without your permission, you can send a legal notice to the person asking them to stop doing the same. However, if a person continues to violate your rights, you can file a suit for copyright infringement.
When can I start using the © sign?
It is advised to use the © sign once the Copyright application is filed and you receive acknowledgement receipt.