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Cinematography Copyright Process

Step 1
Documentation
Step 2
Application filing
Step 3
Application Assessment
Step 4
Publication of Cinematography
Step 5
Grant of Copyright

Cinematography Copyright in India

Cinematography Copyright

Audio visual production of moving objects is termed as a cinematographic film. While there are a lot of people associated in the making of a cinematographic film, it is the producer of the cinema who has the copyright over it

 Copyright ensures following rights to the producer of the film

  • To make a copy, photograph or produce it in parts.
  • To sell or resell it, to give it on hire
  • It also makes sure that the producer is the only one who has a right over taking the film to the public. However, the sound recording in the movie are not covered by the copyright of the movie.
  • Also the artistes the movie are not protected by the copyright of the film. 

Moving on, we must remember that a cinematograph film can only be an adaptation of a particular literary work provided the copyright holder of the work has given his consent. In case, the film is being shown at a public event without the consent of the copyright holder of the work on which it is based upon, the movie can be taken off.

Here’s another clause pertinent to music and cinematography. Certain law states that once a music creator has decided to share his copyright and given consent for his music to be used in the movie, the producer of the cinema acquires the right to use his music for his film and the music composer cannot bar him from screening the movie. On the other hand, even the producer does not become the sole owner of the music work and the composer can continue to benefit from its public performance of his work. 

Talking about censorship and its effects on copyright- There’s no such law which states that the producer will not be protected by the copyright if he fails to abide by the censorship guidelines.

Eligibility Criteria for Cinematography Copyright

Make sure that your cinematography is an original one, that’s the only eligibility criteria to obtain Cinematography Copyright.

Documents Required for Cinematography Copyright

In regard to Cinematography Copyright following documents are need

  • NOC of the Producer
  • NOC/Agreement of the Artists involved

Process for Cinematography Copyright

The copyright registration process for a cinematography is a long one, and it involves a lot of legal requirements. However, all of that can be compressed into the following points:

  1. Perform a copyright registration search to see if the cinematography of the same name, content and nature is already copyrighted
  2. File the application for copyright registration along with a copy of the work you want to copyright.
  3. Wait for the copyrighted material to be published
  4. It shall stay in the journal for a while.

Once you get the copyright registration, the benefits come then. However, the time it takes for the process to be completed can take even years.

Our Assistance to file the Cinematography Copyright 

We, at Registrationwala provide end to end solutions for Cinematography Copyright. Our services include:

·         Collection of information and starting the process

·         Drafting the application

·         Reviewing the draft and making changes if necessary

·         Filing the application of Cinematography Copyright

Registrationwala.com is a leading legal consultancy firm providing the comprehensive services relating to Cinematography Copyright

Contact us to get Cinematography Copyright. 

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