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International Copyright Registration


Copyright is a creation of law in each country, and therefore there is no such thing as an international copyright law. Nevertheless, nearly 180 countries have ratified a treaty – the Berne Convention, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – that sets a minimum set of standards for the protection of the rights of the creators of copyrighted works around the world

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In addition, there have been efforts to harmonize copyright law in Europe and other regions. The differences in national copyright laws, however, can represent a challenge for global organizations with employees working in different countries and sharing content across boundaries.

Protection for Indian Copyright in Foreign Countries

Indian Copyright Laws only provide copyright protection within the borders of India. Hence, to secure protection to Indian works in foreign countries, India has become a member of the following international conventions on copyright:

  • Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic works.
  • Universal Copyright Convention.
  • Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms against Unauthorised Duplication of their Phonograms.
  • Multilateral Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation of Copyright Royalties.
  • Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement.
  • Protection of Foreign Copyright in India

    Copyright of businesses and nationals of countries who are members of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, Universal Copyright Convention and the TRIPS Agreement are protected in India through the International Copyright Order.

    Berne Convention Countries

    Albania Algeria Andorra Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo CostaRica Coted Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Estonia Fiji Finland France Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Holy See Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Korea Kyrgyzstan Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Denmark Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and Grenadines Samoa Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia and Montenegro Singapore Slovakia Slovenia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Theformer Yugoslav Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States of America Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Zambia Zimbabwe

    Phonograms Convention Countries

    Afghanistan — Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Congo, Democratic Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Timor Leste Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Swaziland Ethiopia European Union Federated States of Micronesia Fiji Finland France Gabon Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel Italy Côte d'Ivoire Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Korea, Democratic People's Republic Macedonia Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Ireland Congo, Republic Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia St. Vincent & Grenadines Samoa San Marino São Tomé and Príncipe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa Korea, Republic South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Sweden Switzerland Syria Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Bahamas Gambia Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States of America Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vatican City Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

    When copyright protection begins

    One of the basic principles of the Berne Convention is that of “automatic protection”, which means that copyright protection exists automatically from the time a qualifying work is fixed in a tangible medium (such as paper, film or a silicon chip).

    A “qualifying work” is a

    literary work

    a musical composition

    a film, a software program

    a painting

    or any of many other expressions of creative ideas

    – but it is only the expression, and not the idea, that is protected by copyright law.

    Neither publication, registration, nor other action is required to secure a copyright, although in some countries use of a copyright notice is recommended, and in a few countries (including the United States) registration of domestic works is required in order to sue for infringement.

    International copyright treaties

    Several international treaties encourage reasonably coherent protection of copyright from country to country. They set minimum standards of protection which each signatory country then implements within the bounds of its own copyright law.

    Berne Convention

    Oldest and most important treaty

    Signed in 1886 (but has been revised many times since)

    Ratified by nearly 180

    Establishes minimum standards of protection

    Types of works protected

    Duration of protection

    Scope of exceptions

    Limitations

    Principles such as “national treatment” (works originating in one signatory country are given the same protection in the other signatory countries as each grants to works of its own nationals)

    Principles such as “automatic protection” (copyright inheres automatically in a qualifying work upon its fixation in a tangible medium and without any required prior formality).

    WIPO Copyright Treaty

    Signed in 1996

    Makes clear that computer programs and databases are protected by copyright

    Recognizes that the transmission of works over the Internet and similar networks is an exclusive right within the scope of copyright, originally held by the creator.

    Categorizes as copyright infringements both

    The circumvention of technological protection measures attached to works

    The removal from a work of embedded rights management information.

    The Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

    Signed in 1996

    Administered by the World Trade Organization

    Includes a number of provisions related to the enforcement of IP rights.

    Says that national laws have to make the effective enforcement of IP rights possible, and describes in detail how enforcement should be addressed.

    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 matters of Copyright Certification.


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