Copyright Registration

Rs 3,499.00.  For Online Copyright Registration in India

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Copyright Registration Process


5 Days

 
  1. Application Preparation

    2 to 3 Working Days

    Our team will begin the copyright registration process by preparing the application. For this, we will require basic information about the work you want to copyright and a few supporting documents. You will also need to send us an authorization letter so that we will be able to file the application on your behalf.

  2. Application Filing

    1 Working Day

    Our lawyer will file your registration application along with the supporting documents. Upon successful filing, you will receive a diary number.

  3. Government Approval

    30 - 45 Working Days

    After you receive the Diary Number, you would have to wait for a mandatory period of 30 days to ensure that objections aren’t raised. After the completion of 30 days, the examiner will scrutinize your application. If no discrepancy is found, the application can proceed for approval from the Deputy Registrar after which your work will be registered, and the extracts of the same will be sent to you.
    In case an objection is raised, or if the department finds a discrepancy with your application, you will have to file a suitable reply, which will be followed by a hearing before the Registrar. If the Registrar is satisfied, the application is then sent to the Deputy Registrar for approval, and thereafter your copyright will either be rejected or approved.

Copyright Registration Cost


 
 

For literary, dramatic, musical and other artistic work

 
Consultancy Free
Government Fee Rs 500
Professional Fees Rs 2,542
Goods & Service Tax Rs 457
Total Cost (Artistic) Rs 3,499*

*Extra govt. fee for artistic work using or capable of using in goods/services.

 
 

For sound recordings

 
Consultancy Free
Government Fee Rs 2,000
Professional Fees Rs 2,118
Goods & Service Tax Rs 381
Total Cost (Sound Recording) Rs 4,499
 
 

For audiovisual, cinematograph film, software

 
Consultancy Free
Government Fee Rs 5,000
Professional Fees Rs 2,118
Goods & Service Tax Rs 381
Total Cost (Cinematograph) Rs 7,499

 

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Documents Required for Copyright Protection


 

Following documents are needed to file a Copyright Application in India

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General POA

Executed in a non-judicial stamp paper to authorize our representative to file the application on your behalf.

Idproof

Work

Three copies of the work to be copyrighted, to be represented accurately without any modifications and changes

Pancard

Info Sheet

Supporting info sheet mentioning details of the work to be copyrighted

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Identity Proof

Any Photo ID such as PAN, Aadhar card, Voter ID, Passport or Driving license.

 

What do you get


 
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Acknowledgement

An acknowledgement slip with payment details

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Application Copy

An application copy of copyright bearing diary number along with the statement of particulars.

Questions? Call us on 011-395-95858

 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Copyright?

Copyright is a bundle of rights given to the creators of literary and artistic work. This intellectual property right is commonly bestowed upon cinematograph films, illustrations, photographs, music and sound recordings, and live performances to name a few. A copyright protection gives an exclusive right of use to the creator of the work, whether published or unpublished.

What type of work is eligible to get the protection under copyright?

  • Literary work
  • Dramatic work, including original sound score and music
  • Musical work, including lyrics and accompanying sounds
  • Cinematographic, motion pictures, and other forms of audio-visual films
  • Theatrical and choreographic work, including pantomimes
  • Architectural work
  • Sound recording
  • Picture, photographs, paintings, artistic representations, graphics, and sculptures

Is a registration mandatory for copyright protection?

No, a copyright registration is not mandatory in India. A copyright comes into force when an original work is created, meaning, a copyright automatically comes into existence without any formalities. For example, if you are writing a story which has not been written before, you own the copyright over it the moment you write it or publish it. However, a copyright registration is mandatory for filing infringement lawsuits, since a registration would serve as prima facie evidence in the court. Also, since India is a member of the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention, works created in any other member states also receive copyright protection in India.

What rights does the Copyright Act bestow on the owner of the right?

  • Right to issue the copies of work to the public
  • Right of publication
  • Right to integrity
  • Right to reproduce the work
  • Right to perform the work publicly
  • Rights to translate the work
  • Right to make an adaption of the work

How long is the registration of a copyright valid in India?

Generally, the copyright registration is valid for 60 years.

For literary, dramatic, musical, artistic work (other than photographs) 60 years counted after the death of the creator
For cinematography, sound recording, photographs, publication, computer programs 60 years counted from the date of publication

Can joint applicants hold a single copyright?

Generally, the copyright is owned by the work's creator, however, this isn’t always the case. When there are two or more creators of a work, whose contribution to the final work is both inseparable and interdependent, then both the creators are considered as the joint owners of the copyright. Hence, the copyright application is filed in the name of both the owners.

What are the benefits of copyright registration?

  • To serve as a prima facie evidence in court in case of infringement suits
  • To make the assignment of the registered work easier
  • Exclusive rights over the work
  • To get the benefit of statutory damages and attorney’s fees
  • Right to prevent any alteration of the work or adaptations thereof, or any other actions that might damage the integrity of the work

Can I register multiple works in one application?

Yes, it's possible in some special cases to use a single application for a collection of works. This can be done:

  • If the creator of all the works is the same
  • If all the works are unpublished, or if they have been published at the same time.

What are the different categories or work that can be registered in the same application?

  • As a collection of unpublished work
  • As a single unit of published work
  • As a group registration

Do I need to copyright or trademark to protect my company name and slogan?

Copyright does not provide protection to a brand name, title, logo or slogan or a combination thereof. In order to get protection for such brand elements, you should opt for a trademark registration.

Can I copyright my book title?

No, copyright does not protect titles by themselves, because titles are typically very short. So, you cannot get a copyright protection for the title of your book. The same logic applies to movie and song titles.

What is the difference between Trademark, Copyright, and Patent?

Trademark is an exclusive right for a distinguished word, sign, design, symbol or a device used in the trade of goods and services.

Copyright is a protection extended to original work of authorship; the scope of which includes musical, literary, artistic work either published or unpublished.

Copyright is a protection extended to original work of authorship; the scope of which includes musical, literary, artistic work either published or unpublished.

Is a copyright registration in India valid across the world?

Since Copyright Laws are territorial, a copyright registration is valid only in the home country. Every country has its own set of intellectual property laws, which may vary. However, you can obtain an international copyright registration, where you can use the registered copyright as an evidence of using first.

Who can apply for copyright registration?

The creator of the original work, the author, the rightful owner, his/her legal heir or an assignee can apply for a copyright registration.

What if someone uses my creation when my copyright application is under process?

You receive copyright protection even if your copyright application is under process. You can take legal recourse by sending a notice to the infringing party. If the problem persists, then you can file for infringement.

What is the difference between copyright assignment and copyright license?

Copyright assignment essentially means that the owner transfers the complete rights over the creation. The owner is left with no rights over the work unless the transferee re-assigns the copyright to the owner.

In case of a copyright license, the owner licenses the right to use the copyright but retains the overall interest in the copyright that has been licensed. In exchange for use, the owner is paid royalty fees.