Defined as the property right of an original work owned by an individual, a copyright is fixed in a physical medium of expression, thus enabling the holder to exclusively reproduce, distribute, perform, and display the copyrighted work.
The said work may include anything under literature, music, art, photography, cinema/film or even a computer programme, etc. Unlike a trademark, copyright just has a single symbol i.e. ©. The symbol can be placed on the original piece of work that has been created.
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.
some benefits of getting copyright registered for your work:
- Copyright registration creates a public record. It tells the world that your work is protected by copyright and also enables a person who wants to licence your work to find you.
- It enables you to file a lawsuit and take legal action against someone who infringes your copyright, say by selling copies of your work without your permission.
- It provides you with economic benefits by entitling you to use your work in various ways like making copies, performing in public, broadcasting your work etc, and availing appropriate reward for it. Thus, it provides you with a reward for your creativity.
- It allows you to sell or pass the rights of your work.
- It allows you to get legal evidence of your ownership. So if someone prevents you from using your work, you can just use your copyright to prove that it’s your work and you have a right to use it.
- It allows you to change the form of your work. For example, it allows you to make a sequel or revise or update the work.
Essential documents required for copyright registration
Before we discuss the procedure which you must follow if you want to get your work registered under the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, we must look into the essential documents that you require for smooth registration.
Though there are some special requirements for different kinds of work, broadly the essential requirements are:
○3 copies of the work if the work is published;
○If the work is not published, then 2 copies of manuscripts;
○If the application is being filed by an attorney, then special power of attorney or vakalatnama signed by the attorney and the party;
○Authorization in respect of work, if the work is not the work of the applicant;
○Information regarding the title and language of the work;
○Information regarding the name, address and nationality of the applicant;
○Applicant must also provide his mobile number and email address;
○If the applicant is not the author, a document containing the name, address and nationality of the author, and if the author is deceased, the date of his death;
○If the work is to be used on a product, then a no-objection certificate from the trademark office is required;
○If the applicant is other than the author, a no-objection certificate from the author is required. In this case, an authorization of the author may also be required;
○If a person’s photo is appearing in the work, then a no-objection certificate from such person is required;
○In case the publisher is not the applicant, a no-objection certificate from the publisher is required;
○If the work is published, the year and address of first publication is also required;
○Information regarding the year and country of subsequent publications;
○In case of copyright is for software, then source code and object code are also required.
Creativity is the most essential requirement to enable progress in society. Encouraging creativity enables economic and social development of a society. Copyright protects the creativity of people and becomes a source of motivation for the artists, authors, etc. Registering your work with the Registrar of Copyrights provides you with the right to reproduce it, the right to adapt the work, right to paternity and right to distribute the work.