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How to Copyright a Song in India | Step by Step Procedure

How to Copyright a Song in India | Step by Step Procedure

Just creating a song is not enough rather protecting it from infringement is equally important. To protect your song from being exploited by any of your competitors don’t wait to get a copyright for it. With this blog, we will take a complete understanding of the procedure involved in copyright registration.

Innovation deserves recognition!  Innovation is the major key to the success of any country. Thus, ignoring the novel creations cannot be afforded by any country. Now suppose you have created a beautiful song but don’t know how to protect it? Copyright registration is the best way to protect your unique creation. Copyright Registration in India is an intellectual property right provided by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings.  With copyright registration come the multiple rights including the rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation, and translation of the work.  The main aim of this registration is to provide a reward to the author over their creation in the form of minimum safeguarding rights.

The good news for all the song creators is that now they can obtain protection for their song’s music and lyrics. Now the question that arises here is how to Copyright a Song in India? There is a complete step by step procedure that is required to be followed by every person who is looking for getting his copyright registered in India. Before moving forward to the process involved in copyright registration let us take a brief glance at the documents required for copyright registration.

Documents Required  for Copyright a Song

  1. For making an application of Songs Copyright, the NOC of the Author/Publisher/Producer/Composer & All other persons involved in the creation of Song is required to be submitted.
  2. Two original and identical copies of the work.

The Procedure of Songs Copyright in India

Step-1 Filing the application

The first step in the process of copyright registration is to file an application online through the portal of a copyright attorney. The application shall be filed by the applicant himself or the person authorized by him. In the application filed the details of the copyright and its description is filed in appropriate form along with the prescribed amount of fees. After the successful submission of the application, a diary number is generated.

Step -2 Formality check fail

On the receipt of an application to the department, it will be sent for formality check. This check will be carried out to ensure that the basic requirements of 2 copies of work and the complete FORM-XIV power of attorney are completed. If the application fails on formality check a letter asking for furnishing the necessary requirements is issued to the applicant at his/her communication address. 

Step-3 Waiting Period

If the application is passed from the second stage without any objection it will be kept open or receiving any kind of objection from the person who claims or has any interest in the subject matter of the copyright for the period of 30 days. In case no objection is received the application will be processed further on first come first basis.

Step-4 Hearing

In case an objection is received on the copyright applied a letter will be issued to both the parties. After receiving the reply a hearing will be scheduled by the registrar. In the hearing, both the parties will be given a chance to present their part. If the application is accepted it will be further passed to the scrutiny by the examiner.

Step-5 Registration Granted

Finally, the application will be passed to the registrar. If he is not satisfied the application will be a rejection and the notice will be issued to the applicant. On the contrary, if the registrar is satisfied by the application made he will grant the approval for the same and send extracts of the same to the applicant. Now you are ready to enjoy the advantages of copyright registration in India.

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