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Copyright registration


Copyright registration

The purpose of copyright registration is to place on record a verifiable account of the date and content of the work in question, so that in the event of a legal claim, or case of infringement or plagiarism, the copyright owner can produce a copy of the work from an official government source.

Before 1978, in the United States, federal copyright was generally secured by the act of publication with notice of copyright or by registration of an unpublished work.[1] This has now been largely superseded by international conventions, principally the Berne Convention, which provide rights harmonized at an international level without a requirement for national registration. However, the U.S. still provides legal advantages for registering works of U.S. origin.

Why register a copyright in India? Benefits

Getting copyrights for books, music pieces, movies, photography, software programs, etc. gives the author the following benefits:

  • When the work gets copyrighted, it is made available free on the public records, thereby creating the ownership.
  • In the case of copyright infringement, the authors can sue the infringers to secure their work and claim statutory damages
  • The owners can record the registration with Indian customs and prevent importing duplicate copies
  • Any by-product or derivative can be made from the original registered work
  • The rights can be passed or sold to third-party with no objection
  • Copyright protection enables the owners to exhibit their work
  • The process for registering copyright involves the following steps:

    Step 1: The copyright registration application has to be filed in the concerned forms with the Copyright Registrar, mentioning the particulars of the work.

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

    Our representatives will ask for basic details based on your copyright work. You will also need to send us three copies of your work and few signed documents including an authorisation letter that we will send by email. If the work is unpublished, two copies of the manuscript can be sent, where one copy will be returned to the applicant with seal and the other will be retained confidential with the Copyright Office. Applicants can also choose to send only the extracts of the manuscript instead of the whole unpublished copy.

    Step 2: The forms must be duly signed by the applicant and the application must be submitted by the Advocate under whose name Power of Attorney has been executed.

    Our experts will then prepare the copyright registration application and submit the necessary forms with the Registrar of Copyrights electronically.

    Step 3: Once the application is submitted online, you will be issued the Diary number.

    Step 4: There is a waiting period of 30 days within which the Copyright Examiner reviews the application for potential discrepancies and/or objections.

    Step 5: If discrepancy and/or objections are found, discrepancy notice will be issued and the same needs to have complied within 30 days from the date of issuance of the notice.

    Step 6: Once the discrepancy has been removed or if there are no discrepancies or objections with the application, the copyright shall be registered and the Copyright Office shall issue the Extracts of Register of Copyrights (ROC) which is nothing but the Registration Certificate.

    Time for Processing Application

    After you file your application and receive diary number you have to wait for a mandatory period of 30 days so that no objection is filed in the Copyright office against your claim that particular work is created by you.

    Documents Required for Copyright Registration

    Personal Details
  • Name, Address & Nationality of the Applicant
  • Name, address and nationality of the author of the work
  • Nature of the applicant’s interest in the copyright - whether the applicant is the author of the work or the representative of the author
  • Copies of the original work
  • ID proof of the owner and Incorporation certificate if it is for business
  • Nature Of The Work
  • Class & Description of the Work
  • Title of the Work
  • Language of the Work
  • Date of Publication - Publication in internal magazines, like a company magazine or a research paper submitted to a professor does not count as publication.
  • For further more information related to Copyright registrationform, the procedure of registering a Copyright, documents required for Copyright registration, you can call us at 8788091087. Our experts are available here to advise you the best in the matter of register logo. You can also send your query on Email: info@herambindia.com. Visit our website: Herambindia and through the Copyright Registration, you can protect yourself from the matter of Copyright Certification.


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