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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makes it clear that no person shall be entitled to Copyright or any similar rights, in any work whether published or unpublished, otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of the Act.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
64,369 Copyright Registered in India as of 7/07/2017
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|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No award for statutory damages or attorneys fees will be made for any infringement of a copyright in an unpublished work which occurs prior to the submission of the copyright registration documents.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:
that they had a pre-existing copyright claim to the work.
that you permitted them to use your work.
that you didn't actually create the work.
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: 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.
# 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 NOC 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)
# 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.
# Here is a list of Important Copyright Judgments in India
# 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).
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