How Does Copyright Registration Work For You?

Copyright registration in India grants its proprietor sole rights to distribute, replicate, reproduce the work or give authorization to another entity for the same.


Copyright Registration in India – An overview

  • By law, copyright is the legal right entitled to creators of literary, dramatics, music, and artistic work and producers of films and recordings.
  • When a proprietor registers for a Copyright, it gives him an exclusive right to reproduce, replicate, and distribute the work.
  • Further, he can grant authority to some other entity for the same purpose.
  • Register for copyright because it makes you communicate to the public, reproduce rights, and adapt & translate the works.

Advantages of Copyright Registration

  • Legal Protection

Creators of original works always enjoy legal protection when their work is reproduced without authorisation. Copyright Registration, however, makes it much easier to protect this original work against infringement.

  • Market Presence

By registering a copyright, a public record of your work is created and a proof of ownership is established for your creative work. It can also be used in marketing and for building goodwill in the mind of the customer.

  • Rights Of The Owner

The owner of a copyright has the rights over reproduction, dissemination, adaptation and translation of the work. Relying on the work, you will have some variations in the composition of the rights.

Copyright registration in India – A detailed process

Step 1: Copyright registration application has to be filed in the concerned forms with the Copyright Registrar.

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.

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 objections.

Step 5: If discrepancy and/or objections are found, discrepancy notice will be issued.

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.

Documents Required for Copyright Registration

Personal Details

  • Name, Address & Nationality of the Applicant and 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.