Copyright Registration Process in India

  • August 08, 2016
  • Registrationwala
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Copyright is a legal right which gives you some sort of legal protection in the original work which allows you to use your original work in the form reproduction or selling to the public.

Copyright can be only in some physical form because that can be protected by the copyright registration. Your idea styles, technique or concept cannot be protected. There is also one peculiar requirement to get the copyright registration done is that your work should have some level of creativity.

Though copyright registration is not at all mandatory in India, yet it is advisable to get the copyright registration done. The moment you create some creative work the copyright subsists automatically in that work.

But the main motto due to which people go for copyright registration is that in case other person tries to use your work without your permission then you can file a suit against him

Copyright Registration Process:

1. Form XIV (Including Statement of Particulars and Statement of Further Particulars) as prescribed in the first schedule to the Rules, is required to be filed.

The author has to wait for 30days after filing an application for the copyright registration along with complete details and copies.

2. The applications should be signed by the applicant or the advocate in whose favor a Vakalatnama or Power of Attorney has been executed. The Power of attorney which is accepted by the lawyer.

The Power of Attorney signed by the party and accepted by the advocate should also be enclosed.

3. The fee can be paid either in the form of Demand Draft, Indian Postal Order favoring "Registrar of Copyright Payable at New Delhi" or through E payment.

4. Generally, Copyright registration takes 2-3 months time for registering the copyright of any work in the normal course.

As I said copyright owner has to wait for a mandatory period of 30days. This waiting period is for any objection that can be filed in the copyright office against the work of the applicant. In case the objection is filed, then it may take one time more to ascertain whether the work can be registered or not. The opportunity of being heard is given to both the parties to ascertain the legality of copyright registration.

But in case no objection is filed within the said period, then the application is checked by the examiner formally and if he finds any lacuna in the application then he may raise the objections or may call for the extra documents.

After all these steps, Certificate of copyright registration is issued to the applicant.

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