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Copyright Registration is necessary to protect the creators, creative work such as music, books, manuscripts, software's, films, fashion designs, website etc from being copied and used for commercial purposes without the creators permission thus causing tremendous loss to the creator. Copyrights operates against unauthorized copying, the taking of another's creation, without paying for it.

Copyright is essentially a creation of statute, the copyright act makes it clear that no person shall be entitled to Copyright or any similar rights, in any work whether published or unpublished, otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Copyright Registration of Creative work Protects your Creativity from being Stolen or Duplicated, and gives you a Confirmed Legal Right over your creation.

Copyright Registration gives your Creative work a legal Status, thereby making it an Intellectual property, giving you exclusive legal right over your creation.

Copyright Registration guarantees Speedy Justice

List of Creative Work Protected by the Copyright law in India

1. Literary work Which includes computer program and computer databases apart from book.
2. Sound recording or audio recorded files which could include songs, dialogues recorded etc
3. Cinematograph film includes films, videos, cartoon films. It is advisable to include creative rights in the various agreements between parties in the initial stage itself.
4. Artistic work including a painting, a sculpture, a drawing such as a map, chart or diagram, an engraving, a photograph, architecture/ artistic craftsmanship and dramatic work.
5. Musical work meaning staff notations and written music.

What is the purpose of Copyright Registrar
Copyright Registrar primarily serves as an office of record, a place where claims to copyright are registered and documents related to copyright are recorded. the purpose is to furnish information about the provisions of the copyright law and the procedures for making registration, to explain the operations and practices of the Copyright Office, and to report on facts found in the public records of the Office.

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Copyright Legal service India specializes in copyrighting:

Books / e-books / manuscripts, Song lyrics / written music, Recorded music / songs, Poetry, Screenplays / stage plays, Short stories, Websites / software, Video / films, Photography

Copyright WE also do Copyright Hearing in case of Discrepancy Clearance, all we require is a power of attorney from you and the reasons for denial copyright registration, we will ensure that your copyright is approved, by our arguments support by case laws and copyright research which we will conduct on your matter.

Copyright office in India is issuing diary no without being in actual possession of the creative work, thereby stating that your legal right will begin only after you get the certificate and not the diary no.

Supreme court Guidelines on Sound Recording and Cinematography

In case you want to copyright a Video, Film or an Audio Recording track i.e song, we request you to have an agreement with all the people involved in the making of it to give an NOC in the very beginning before you avail their services, that they will not have any Objection to you copyrighting the creative work in your favour. This has become imperative now after the latest Supreme court Guidelines on Sound Recording and Cinematography Copyright Registration. Most of the filmmakers in India are facing an uphill task in getting their film copyrighted due to this latest inclusion, kindly ensure that you do not fall in this trap. If you do not have any idea on this how to execute it do let us know we can do it for you at a minimal fee.

** Copyright Registration Under the Copyright Act of 1957 serves as a prime facie evidence in all courts in India, without further proof or production of the original.

* Good news for all waiting for their copyright certificate, the copyright office has now expedited their services hence now Copyright certificate is issued within 6 months

Choreography can also be copyrighted when reduced to writing as a Dramatic work, in the following way: 1) shorthand notation of Benesh 2) the longer more academic and elaborate Laban system and 3) Choreographer's own invented system
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What Copyright Protection Do I Get Under The Copyright Laws?

Registering your work with the Registrar of Copyright Office is basically a copyright protection insurance policy. Copyright protection arises automatically the moment the author fixes the work in a tangible form (i.e. when a writer writes her story), without the author having to do anything.

So why register for copyright protection if you’re work is automatically protected?
Here are four important reasons why filing for copyright protection with the Registrar of Copyright Office is important:

Copyright registration establishes a public record of your copyright and puts everyone in the world on notice that you have sought and claim copyright protection under the Copyright laws.

You cannot sue anyone for copyright infringement until you have filed for copyright protection with the Registrar of Copyright Office

No award for statutory damages or attorneys fees will be made for any infringement of a copyright in an unpublished work which occurs prior to the submission of the copyright registration documents. The same holds true for published works, unless the copyright registration is made within three months after the first publication.

If the registration of your work is done within five years from its creation, it is considered prima facie evidence in court. Prima facie evidence means that if you ever went to court, proof of the copyright registration with the Registrar of Copyright Office would be sufficient evidence of your ownership of the copyrighted material.

The only way for another party to win would be for them to present evidence showing:
Copyright that they had a pre-existing copyright claim to the work.
Copyright that you permitted them to use your work.
Copyright that you didn't actually create the work.
Copyright that you stole it from them.

If you’re serious about protecting your work, obtaining copyright protection under the copyright laws is a smart and necessary step to take.

Copyright guarantees protection from Government of India to your priceless creative work.

Is a copyright in India recognized worldwide?
Copyright in India is recognized virtually worldwide under the Berne Convention and the applicable law of its member nations.
Click on the link Berne Convention to see the list of countries where your copyright stands valid when registered in India

Also check Copyright Registration procedure in India and Copyright law in India

Note* Copyright Certificate issued by Government of India
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Important Notice:
* Copyright office has shifted to a new address, hence there will be a further delay in obtaining Copyright certificate, the shifting process is on going. dated: 3/12/2016

* After the recent Supreme Court Judgment every sound recording and Cinematography category Copyright Registration are receiving objection letters from the copyright office, Please do not panic simply email us the scan copy of the letter, we will clear the objection.

# Scenes affaire in India: One of the things that has been occurring in copyright law is a slow shift from being a common law subject to a statutory one. There has always been a federal Copyright Act, of course, but until recently, courts took it as an invitation to fill in the gaps rather than an unyielding constraint on their actions.
# Copyright protection in literary work, Book, scripts, screenplay, novels, lyrics: A detailed explanation is given here on what exactly is protected by law in case of literary works.

# Music copyright and Composers Rights as par Copyright act of India

* The Ministry of Human Resource and Development in India has increased the Fees in all category up to 10 times and in case of Cinematography the increase has been 40 times more, the fee effective from 15th march 2013

Copyright literary means a legal Right bestowed upon the creator of a creative work, exclusive rights to his creation, for a limited time i.e 60 years in case of Software, films, Songs etc. and a lifetime plus 60 years after the creators death in case of literary work.

Additional Rules to Follow for Copyright Registration of an audio song and Video file:
It is mandatory to get No Objection Certificate from each and every person involved in the making of the video or audio song, if even one person involved in the creation of the song or film refuses to give NOC than the Copyright office will disregard your Copyright application and dump it as OBJECTION.

How to Display a Copyright Notice:

Copyright Notice in India does not have any strict or standard rule, However the general rule in which it is most commonly used is in this manner:
© Traditions and Modernity in Khasi Society, 2013-2014

However these days even the Diary now is also mentioned to clearly state that a particular book is registered by Ministry of human Resources. Govt of India

example: © Traditions and modernity in Khasi Society,2000-2001, Diary no: xxxx/xxxx-CoL (this option is preferred as this clearly shuns away copyright violation)

Most publications, also to the notice the following:
No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.

Copyright Registration
Gives the copyright holder the following Rights:
1) The Right to Copy or reproduce The Creative work.
2) The right to be credited for the Creative work.
3) Also the Right to determine who may adapt the work to other forms. i.e a book to a film
4) The right to decide who may perform the work
5) And Most importantly who may financially benefit from it.

Application for Registration of Copyright Form has changed from Form IV (see rule 16) to Form XIV (see rule 70)
# Copyright Protection on Reports of Judicial Proceedings such as Head Notes and Commentaries of an Act
# Copyright Protection on historical book, facts - Lecture - Letters
# To learn more about copyright laws here are a list of articles:
# Copyright Amendment Bill 2012:
1) Provisions for Persons with Disabilities 2) Extension of Fair Dealing to All Works 3) Term of Copyright for Photographs has increased 4) Cover Versions songs

# The Copyright Act (Amendment) Bill, 2012 - artistes entitled to lifelong royalty
# Intellectual Property and Traditional knowledge

# Registration and filing of Copyrights in India:
Copyright, is a bundle of rights, which grants protection to the unique expression of ideas. Ideas per se cannot be protected; it is the expression of ideas in a material medium that is the subject matter of copyright protection. Copyright is a negative right and the owner of a copyright gets the right to prevent others from copying his work without his consent towards a commercial end. However, at the same time it gives to the author an exclusive right for the commercial exploitation of his work...

# The Rights protected by Copyright Law: Copyright law seeks to promote human creativity and confers several rights on the copyright owner. International agreements, among which the most important is the Berne Convention, 1886....

# Copyright Law in India: Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection granted under Indian law to the creators of original works of authorship such as literary works (including computer programs, tables and compilations including computer databases which may be expressed in words, codes, schemes or in any other form, including a machine readable medium), dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematographic films and sound recordings.

# Copyright Infringement through internet
Internet has become a breeding ground for violation of copyright. This mass misuse require more stringent laws

# Here is a list of Important Copyright Judgments in India

# Copyrighting Photograph has become very complicated now NOC from the photographed person is also required.

# For Copyright Discrepancy and Objection Clearance:

If you have applied for Copyright from some other source and have received Discrepancy / Objection, you can contact us for its clearance simply call us or email us for the matter we will do it for you.

# About Performer's Rights: Any person hearing it could by taking down the lecture or story in shorthand reduces it to material form. Similarly the music could be recorded in a tape. Those who thus first reduce the performance to a material form become the copyright owners of the lecture, story or dramatic performance or music as the case may be. This situation has been changed under the Copyright (Amendment) Act 1994. Certain special rights called Performer's Rights have been conferred upon any performer of his performance. "Performer" includes an actor, singer, musician, dancer, acrobat, juggler, conjurer, snake charmer, a person delivering a lecture or any other person who makes a performance, s. 2(qq). For details see Chapter 12.
"Performance" in relation to a performer's right means any visual or acoustic presentation made live by one or more performers, s. 2(q).

Highest no of copyright registered between 2015-16, mentioned below the 5 top cities these are numbers we at legal service India have registered based on our static's:

1. Mumbai - Most creative city in India as per copyright registration in the year 2016, jumped up from third place in the previous year
2. Hyderabad - Second Most creative city in India as per copyright registration, was in the no 1 position last year.
3. Chennai- In the Third position up by one position since last year
4. Bangalore - Now to fourth position
5. Kolkata - was first on 2011 maintains its fifth position.
6. Kerala - Best position was first place in 2013

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