Copyright Registration


Copyright is a type of intellectual property right. Authors who have original works such as works of literature (including computer programs, tables, collections, computer datasets, expressed in words, codes, schemes, or in any other context, along with a device readable medium), dramatic, musical, and artistic works, cinematographic films, and audio recordings are all awarded copyright safeguards under Indian law.

Works protected under copyright act

Literary work: It includes computer programs, tables and compilations including computer databases. This definition is not exhaustive.

Lecture: It includes speeches, sermons, public addresses, etc.

Computer program: It includes the source and object code of the program

Dramatic work: It includes public/private recitations, works of choreography, acting, etc.

Musical work: It includes works of music, graphical notations of music, etc. It does not include words or any movements associated with the music.

Artistic works: It includes paintings, sculptures, engravings, architecture works, works of artistic craftsmanship, etc.

Photographic works: It includes all forms of photographs except those included as a part of a cinematographic film.

Adaptation: It includes conversion of any form of work into another i.e., conversion of literary work into a dramatic work etc.

Process of Registration

The application for copyright registration has to be filed in the concerned forms that mention the particular work.

Depending on the type of the work, a separate copyright application may have to be filed.

The applicant needs to sign the forms, and the Advocate must submit the application under the name the POA has been executed.

Meanwhile, our experts will prepare the copyright registration application and submit the necessary forms with the Registrar of copyrights.

The Application number will be issued once the application is submitted online.

Within the waiting period of 30 days, the copyright examiner reviews the application for potential objection or any other discrepancies.

If there is an objection, a notice will be issued, and the same has to be compiled within 30 days from the date of issuance of the notice. The examiner may call both parties for a hearing.

After the discrepancy has been removed or no objection, the copyright is registered, and the Copyright Office will issue the registration certificate.

Duration of copy right protection

Author’s lifetime plus an additional 60 years after the author’s death.

Document required

Application for copyright registration must be made on Form IV” along with the Statement of Particulars and Statement of Further Particulars

A copy or copies of the work that is being copyrighted

Details about the author or creator of the work.

Fee to be paid for copyright registration

Power of Attorney has been executed by the Applicant

In case of registration of multiple works, separate applications should be made for registration of each work along with the requisite fee