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What is copyright and how to get it. Copyright Registration Process.

The Copyright Act in India was passed only in 1957, but it was implemented from 1958. Ever since this Act came into force, it has been amended 6 times. It is meant to say that this Act has been amended in the years 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1999 and 2012. Technology behind the need for constant changes in this act. Changes have to happen in the Internet and other mediums that people use for entertainment, education and communication.

In the initial phase, this act was done with the aim of protecting the creations of the people associated with the music and film industry by addressing their concerns. At present, it has been expanded to include security of creations etc. in this digital environment. The amendment in this act made in the year 2012 is most important because in this only this act has been implemented on the internet and digital world.


What is copyright registration ?


Copyright registration, like a trademark and patent, is also a registration that protects one’s intellectual property. Intellectual property refers to the book you wrote, the song you wrote, the music you composed, the movie you put all your energy into making, the website and its It is from the content in which you share your complete experience and knowledge etc. 

It is meant to say that copyright registration provides protection to any author, filmmaker, lyricist, musician, and other creator who has created a book, song, music, film, scene, picture, etc., for their creative work. This gives the right to the creator that if someone has used his creation for some wrong or commercial use without his permission, then the creator can take legal action against him.

The creator has full right that he can give the right to repeat, use his creation to any other person or authority. But the point to be noted here is that methods, processes, ideas and mathematical concepts of operating something cannot be copyrighted.


Which works can be copyright registered

The Copyright Act was implemented in 1958 only after 10 years of the country’s independence. Its main objective was to remove the concerns of people regarding the safety of their creations. The following works can be protected under this registration.

  • films made for cinema
  • Songs, music, songs, dialogues and other things that can be recorded in audio format.
  • Books and other works written.
  • Computer programs and software.
  • Website and the content contained therein.
  • Programs broadcast on radio and television.
  • Many other artistic works like paintings, photographs.
  • A published version of a work.
  • Literary works and others.

Just imagine that you wrote a book after working continuously for several months, but as soon as you published it someone else started copying your book and selling it in the market. Your hard work has not gone in vain, keeping this in mind the Copyright Act has been implemented.


What is required for copyright registration  


As we have said that copyright registration gives you the right to take legal action against the infringer if your work is misused or used without permission. Copyright registration done in India is valid worldwide. So it also protects your creation over the internet or digitally. The list of documents required for this registration may vary depending on the type of composition you are registering.

  • This registration requires filling of some basic information like name of the candidate, mobile number, address etc.
  • Since this kind of registration is done online, you have to save all the documents like your photo, signature, etc. as soft copies in JPEG etc. format on your computer. If you are registering a computer program or software, you need to prepare its CD or DVD.
  • If you are registering for any artistic work like painting, photo etc. then you will first need to go to the trademark office and take the trademark certificate.
  • On making such registration through an authorized firm or lawyer, the creator has to hand over the power of attorney to them.
  • If the creator has already published his creation through a publisher, and now he wants to register that creation, then in this case a No Objection Certificate (NOC) will be required from the publisher.
  • Two copies of the work to be registered
  • demand draft
  • KYC documents of the candidate
  • If the creator is different, but he has given his rights to someone else, then in this case a No Objection Certificate (NOC) is required from the original creator.


Benefits of Copyright Registration


  • It provides legal protection to your work or creation. It gives you the right to take legal action against the infringer.
  • Through this registration, you can communicate goodwill towards your work among people by branding your work and creation among your audience and people. This registration shows your audience and others that you care about your work.
  • In our country India, copyright works and creations registered in other countries have been given the same rights, which are given in their country. That is, if a work that has been registered under copyright in a foreign country, then infringing it is considered a legal offense in India as well. Conversely, copyrighted works registered in India are considered an offense even if infringed abroad. That’s why this registration gives protection to your work from country to country.
  • This protects your work and creation from being misused, because after this registration, people are afraid of taking legal action against you for unauthorized use of your work.
  • After registering the copyright of your work or creation, it legally becomes your property. If you want, you can sell it, take royalty from someone else to use it.

Things need to be remembered before getting Copyright Registration


As we have mentioned earlier that copyright registration provides legal protection to your creation and the work done by you from being stolen etc. But before you go ahead with it, it is very important to know that Whether you are eligible for copyright or not. To know your eligibility, it is necessary to understand the following points.

  • An idea which has been published, which is available to us in concrete form, can be copyright registered. What you are trying to do cannot be copyrighted. For example, you can copyright a book written on any of your subjects, but if you are thinking of writing a book, you cannot copyright that thought.
  • You cannot copyright a word.
  • You must be the original author of the work you want to copyright. You cannot copyright copy pasted material etc. from anywhere.


How to get copyright in India


As we have told earlier that you do not need to go anywhere to register copyright in India. If you want, you can register your work and creation online sitting at your home.

Step 1: For this, first of all you have to go to its official website (https://copyright.gov.in/).

Step 2 – After that click on Registration of copyright (Form-XIV) under the e-filing of copyright application section on the left side of the website.

Step 3 – As soon as you click on it, a page opens in front of you which asks for your login ID and password. But you have to click on (New user registration) written in small letters below it.

Step 4 – On clicking on it, a sign up form opens on which you have to create your various details and user ID and password as well. Once you have successfully done this, you can apply for Copyright Registration online by logging in to this portal with your login ID and password, following the guidelines.

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