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.
Documents Required for Copyright Registration
- Name, Address & Nationality of the Applicant
For example: Ramesh K., NLSIU Sta Quarters, Nagarbhavi P.O. Box 7201, Bengaluru - 560024, INDIAN
- Nature of the Applicant’s Interest in the Copyright
State whether the applicant is the author of the work or the representative of the author.
NATURE OF THE WORK
- Class & Description of the Work
Literary or artistic work, for example
- Title of the Work
In case of a website, give the URL of the website
- Language of the Work
Whether English or Hindi, or any combination of languages
- If Published, the Date of Publication
Publication in internal magazines, like a company magazine or a research paper submitted to a professor does not count as publication.
FAQs on Copyright Registration
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Typically, they will send you a legal notice claiming that you have copied their copyright. You can send a reply to this legal notice and we can help you find a lawyer who will fight your case for you.
Copyright protection is valid for a duration of 60 years. If it is literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the 60-year period is counted from the year following the death of the author. In the case of cinematograph films, sound recordings, photographs, posthumous publications, anonymous and pseudonymous publications, works of government and works of international organizations, the 60-year period is counted from the date of publication.
A copyright is valid in India. However, if you have filed a copyright in India, you can use this as evidence before any government to prove that you were using the copyrighted content first.
A copyright registration can be sold, transferred, gifted and franchised with due consent from the owner of the work.
A copyright holder has the right to copy or reproduce the creative work, the right to be credited for it, the right to determine who may adapt the work to other forms and who may benefit financially from it.
Any literary work, including a computer program and computer database, a sound or audio recording, including songs and recorded dialogues, a cinematographic film, including film, video and animated film. Artistic works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings such as a map, a photograph, architecture/ artistic craftsmanship and dramatic work. Finally, any musical work can be copyrighted.
Types of Intellectual Property
|Photographs, movies, music, software code||Words, logos, slogans||Inventions & ideas||Inventions & ideas|
|Artists & creative professionals||Business owners||Inventors & designers||Inventors & designers|
Ownership Without Registration
|Yes, but rights are limited||Yes, but rights are limited||No||No|
|Lifetime of the author, plus 60 years||Indefinite, but to be renewed every 10 years||20 years||1 years|
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