These conventions work on a simple principal which is works of original creativity or works of the mind.
Copyrights are protected in India under the Copyrights Act, 1957 which functions within the Indian Borders. However, there are several copyright conventions, which allow ‘Indian Works’ to be protected internationally.
Indian Works can be protected in all the countries which are member of these conventions or have signed copyright agreements.
There are a few minimum standards for protection which have been adopted by the Copyright Conventions as a part of their National Laws.
There is no standard fee for copyright registration and it differs according to different countries. Suppose an Indian Citizen wants to apply for Copyright Registration outside the country. Then he/she would require paying the following fee.
Works originated outside India are treated as ‘Foreign Works’. The International Copyright Order 1999 protects the creators/authors of foreign works.
According to the Law, protection and rights given to the foreign works will not extend beyond the home country (India). Both criminal and civil remedies are available for foreign works in case of any infringement. These remedies are implemented through the
A registration fee will apply for all the applicants seeking copyright protection in India. You can also file the application by visiting the Copyright Office.
Though copyright protection is automatic there are still several questions about the functioning of the conventions, procedure or fees.
Yes, International Copyright Registration can be initiated through the different copyright conventions in the countries who have signed the copyright agreement.
Yes, if your work is in tangible form, it can be protected in multiple countries.
No, there is no specific department for International Copyright Registration.
However; if you wish to apply in a country who is not a member of any of the copyright convention then a separate application will be filed according to the Country Law.
This symbol denotes ownership of work by an individual/company and that no third party can use any content of the work without asking its owner.
Berne Convention is an International copyright agreement which allows the protection of creative works regardless of where it was created.
It has more than 180 member countries and has set a minimum standard of protection for the other conventions.
Copyright Registration in India is valid for 60 years after the death of the creator/author however, the validity period differs according to different countries.