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October 13, 2016 Registrationwala

International Copyright Registration

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International Copyright Registration

Copyright is a sensitive issue.  It safeguards your work by proofing it with legal protection, thereby lending a sense of trust to your endeavors. In more ways than one, it encourages development of culture, science and innovation, along with assisting audiences with access to the entertainment or knowledge they seek. And the financial benefit to the copyright holder is always there; it perhaps is the most important aspect you may say.

Copyright of people or entities who form a part of the countries which signed the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, Universal Copyright Convention and the TRIPS Agreement have been safe guarded in India through the International Copyright Order.

According to Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works - which was adopted globally in 1886 - caters to safeguarding the rights of creative individuals with regards to the work they produce. So, creators such as painters, poets and authors have primary control over how their works can be produced, by whom, and on what conditions. It guarantees minimum protection to these individuals, with special clauses to accommodate the developing countries.   

The Universal Copyright Convention, or UCC, was adopted in 1952 in Geneva and serves as an alternative to the Berne Convention for the states which did not sign it but were invested in participating in the multilateral copyright protection. So, together with Berne Convention,  Universal Copyright Convention forms the two major international conventions that protects our copyright.

Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, or TRIPS, is  global agreement overseen by the World Trade Organization (WTO). It lays down the bare minimum standards for many forms of intellectual property (IP) regulation that is applicable to the citizens belonging to the other WTO Members.

What that means is that the copyrights of the works belonging to other nations which are a part of International Copyright Order are safeguarded in India as if they were India's own works. And it is not a one way traffic. It works both ways: India's work is protected with similar intensity in other countries too, thereby encouraging an environment where originality of creative works are not limited by man-made geographical boundaries.

We have Indian Copyright Laws in place too but they only provide copyright protection within the geographical and political borders of India. Republic of India thus had to sign the above mentioned conventions in order to stay ahead of time. Apart from the three conventions mentioned above, the two other major conventions that India is a part of are: Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms against Unauthorized Duplication of their Phonograms, and, Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms against Unauthorised Duplication of their Phonograms.

For your ease, we list the countries that are a part of various conventions. More importantly, your work is protected in these countries much like they will be protected in India.

Countries that are a part of Berne Convention

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzogovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica , Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia , Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras ,Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania , Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname ,Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries part of the Universal Copyright Convention

Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bolivia, Bosnia &Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Guinea, Holy see , Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Yugoslavia

Countries part of the Phonograms Convention

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Ecuado, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holy See , Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom,
United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela

Countries part of the World Trade Organization

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain,Bangladesh, Barbados,Belgium, Belize,Benin,Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, European Community, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala , Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe

So, all in all, the convention covers a large part of the globe and you can rest assured that you have a major control over your creative outputs. In case you find that someone is using your work without due credit or not like how you allowed, you can always use the copyright laws to challenge him or her and get your fair share of gain, financial or not.

If you are looking for copyright registration, you can connect with us at support@registrationwala.com 

 

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