What is Copyright ?

"Copyright" is a form of intellectual property protection granted to the creators of original works of authorship such as literary works (including computer programmes, tables and compilations), dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematographic films and sound recordings.

Different types of work covered under copyright

- Dramatic and musical work (i.e. Drama, Skit, Play, Movie etc.)

- Artistic work (i.e. Logo, monogram, design etc.)

- Software / Computer Programme

- Work of Architecture

- Cinematograph Film

- Sound Recording (i.e. A Cassette or a Record)

- Web site, Web Contents, Home Page.

Procedure of Copyright

1.   The application with complete details and copies of the work is filed

2.   Thereafter, the application is examined and objections, if any, are raised, or any extra documents required are requested

3.   A response has to be filed within 30 days

4.   The certificate is issued by the copyright office after the objections, if any, are removed to the satisfaction of the Copyright Registry

Advantages/Benefits of Copyright Registration

Copyright registration of the work is highly recommended; as registration is helpful in an infringement suit. As per the Copyright Act, the Register of copyrights (where the details of the work are entered on registration) is prima facie evidence in all courts.

Validity of Copyright Registration

The term of copyright varies according to the nature of work and whether the author is a natural or legal person (e.g.: Company).
• In the case of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work (other than a photograph), when published during the lifetime of the author, copyright subsists during the lifetime of the author, plus sixty years.
• In the case of photographs, cinematography films and sounds recordings; the term is sixty years from the date of publication.
• When the first owner of copyright is the government or a public undertaking, the term of copyright is sixty years from the date of publication.

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