There are only 3 simple steps:
  • Data Check

    We do a thorough check of the files you send in

  • Copyright Filing

    We then prepare the application and file the forms

  • Regular Updates

    We'll keep you up-to-date with all information passed on by the Registrar

What is Copyright Registration?

Copyright Registration confers upon its owner sole rights to copy or reproduce the work or grant permission to another to do so. The applies to literary (books, scripts, even software) and audio-visual (music, photographs, movies) works. Business entities often copyright instruction manuals, product literature and user guides. Copyright is usually owned by the creator of the work, but may also be owned by the employer of its creator or the person who has commissioned the work (unless there is an agreement to the contrary in either case). Copyrights are also transferrable.

6 Essential Facts on Copyright

Why bother to register copyright?

Copyright recognises the exclusive rights of the creator over an original work. Music, books, manuscripts, software, films, fashion designs, even brochures and training manuals all enjoy copyright protection, even without registration. Basically, the moment you create an original work, you are its exclusive owner. However, in the commercial world, the reason why artists, publishers and corporates still bother to register the copyright on their work is that it’s the only way to approach the courts in case of a dispute.

What is the purpose of the copyright registrar?

The copyright registrar primarily serves as an office of record, a place where claims to copyright are registered and documents related to copyright are recorded. The office furnishes information about the provisions of the copyright law and the procedures for making registration, to explain the operations and practices of the copyright office, and to report on facts found in its public records.

What copyright protection do I get?

Copyright protection arises automatically the moment the author fixes the work in a tangible form (for instance when a writer writes her story) without the author having to do anything. Registering your work with the registrar of the copyright office is basically a copyright protection insurance policy. It creates a public record of the work and you can then sue anyone for copyright infringement. Furthermore, this registration is only recognised prima facie if done within five years of the creation of the work. It isn’t as if you can just postpone registration until someone actually does steal your work.

How would another party prove rights to my work?

Another party will need to prove their right to the work by showing they had a pre-existing copyright claim to the work, proving that you permitted its use, that you didn’t actually create the work or that you stole the copyright from them.

What are performer's rights?

Any person hearing it could by taking down the lecture or story in shorthand reduces it to material form. Similarly, music could be recorded on tape. Therefore, do the persons who first reduced the performance to a material form become the copyright owners of the lecture, story or dramatic performance or music? This is not so, as certain special rights (performer's rights) have been conferred upon any performer of his performance. The performer in this context includes an actor, singer, musician, dancer, acrobat, juggler, conjurer, a person delivering a lecture or any other person who delivers a performance.

Can I copyright a film or sound recording?

In case you want to copyright a video, film or an audio recording track, it is recommended that you get an NoC from all the people involved in its making. This will protect you from any objections from them at a later date. This has become imperative now after the latest Supreme Court guidelines on sound recording and cinematography copyright registration.

Advantages of Copyright Registration

Legal Protection

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Market Presence

The default option for start-ups and growing businesses as only private limited companies can raise venture capital.

Rights of the Owner

The default option for start-ups and growing businesses as only private limited companies can raise venture capital.

FAQs on Copyright Registration

For what can copyright be obtained?

You can get a copyright for any unique and creative content. This could range from a design, a sketch, a painting, a song recording, a music video, a movie, a poem, a book or even a short story.

Does copyright apply to titles or names?

Copyright does not ordinarily protect titles by themselves or names, short word combinations, slogans, short phrases, methods, plots or factual information. Copyright does not protect ideas or concepts. To get the protection of copyright a work must be original.

What are the documents required for copyright registration?

A copy of the work needs to be provided along with the address and identity proof of the owner is required. For a company, the name of the company along with its Certificate of Incorporation and address proof is required.

Do I need a trademark or copyright? What is the difference?

A trademark is a mark given to protect a brand name, logo or slogan. On the other hand, copyright is a protection given to unique content like a book, music, videos, songs and artistic content.

After applying for a copyright, if someone else copies my content, is there any protection?

Yes, absolutely. You must immediately send a legal notice and after sending the notice, if the problem does not get resolved, you can even file a case against the other side in a court of law.

Is there any way to search if the content has been copyrighted by someone else in the past?

Unfortunately, there is no such mechanism. However, you should do a thorough search on the internet, using Google or your preferred search engine to check if there is similar content available already.