PROCEDURE

Application Preparation – Our Copyright Expert will prepare the copyright application. We will prepare your application within 2 – 3 working days based on the information provided.

Copyright Filing – Once, the copyright application is prepared and signed by you, we can file it with the Copyright Registrar electronically or manually.

Issuance of Diary Number – After filing the application form, the diary number shall be generated and then one will have to wait for 30 days for any objections to be raised. In case, no objection is raised, the case proceeds to next step wherein the examiner does the scrutiny and after that grants approval in case everything is in order.

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

2 Copies of the Original Work

Power of Attorney

 

REASONS TO REGISTER A COPYRIGHT

Legal Protection – Copyright registration serves as prima facie evidence in the court of law over ownership of the work. Therefore, copyright registration gives the owner legal protection for his/her work.

Branding or Goodwill – Registered copyright can be used for marketing and creating a sense of goodwill and quality in the minds of your customer. Registered copyright show others that you care about your work.

Global Protection – Works that are copyrighted in many other countries are accorded similar privileges here in India. Likewise, works copyright registered in India are accorded protection in many foreign countries.

Restricts Unauthorized Reproduction – Copyright registration will establish that you are serious about copyright infringement. This will help impede unauthorized reproduction of the work as it provides the owner with a host of legal remedies.

Creation of Asset – Copyright registration creates an intellectual property, an intangible asset. Registered copyrights are an intellectual property and the rights can be sold, franchised or commercially contracted.

 

FAQ’s

Q. For what can Copyright be obtained?

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

Q. What cannot be copyrighted?

You can copyright any creative content but there are some areas where one cannot get protection under copyright law, and these are:

  • Any Idea which has not been Executed
  • Domain Name,
  • Commonly used articles,
  • Common Language,
  • Generally used property/figures, titles, names phrases and slogans.

Q. How much time does it take to get a Copyright Registration?

With LegalVista, it will take 3 to 5 working days to file the documents with copyright authorities, but it will take upto 1 year to get the registration done.

Q. Who can get a Copyright Registration?

The following persons can apply for Copyright Registration in India:

  • The Person who originally develops the work.
  • The Copyright claimant who obtained the ownership of the right of the person who develops the work.
  • The Authorised agent who has given the Power of Attorney by the original or by the Copyright claimant.

Q. What is the validity of Copyright Registration?

Copyright Registration is generally valid for a period of 60 years. If it is literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, then the period would be Lifetime of the author plus 60 years.

If it is a Film, Movie, audio, sound recordings, photographs, works of government or international organisation then the period if 60 years starts from the date of publication.

Q. Is copyright transferrable?

A copyright registration can be sold, transferred, gifted and franchised with due consent from the person who owns the work.

Q. Is a copyright valid all over the world?

A copyright filed in India is valid in India only. 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.

Q. What can be done if someone is using my Original Content/Infringed my Copyright?

In this case, you should first send them a communication to stop using your work without your permission, If after the communication they have not stopped to use, then you should send them a legal notice claiming that they have copied your original copyrighted content.

Q. What is the difference between Trademark and Copyright?

A trademark is a mark given to a brand to protect the Brand Name, Logo or Slogan. A copyright is a protection given to unique content such as books, music, videos, songs or even software.