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.
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Documents needed for Copyright Registration
- Proof of Name and Nationality of Applicant.
- Address proof, like Aadhar, PAN Card, Voter ID Card, etc.
- Description of work
- Copies of the work
- 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.
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