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Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution.

Value of Copyright

If you are doing something new, which has been never done before by any person such as literary, Dramatic, musical, artistic, cinematography films, drama, musical work, software, website, apps, logo, paintings, photograph, architectural designs etc than copyright registration will protect your work from being copied.

It is an intangible asset in the form of an intellectual property. The main aim in registering your copyright is to place on record a verifiable account of the date and content of the work in question and to have a verifiable Proof of your single creator in the market, the copyright owner can produce a copy of the work from an official government source in case of :-

  1. A legal claim
  2. Infringement
  3. Duplicacy, etc.

Duration of Copyright:

The general rule is that copyright lasts for 60 years. In the case of original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the 60-year period is counted from the year following the death of the author. In the case of cinematograph films, soundrecordings,photographs,posthumous publications, anonymous and pseudonymous publications, works of government and works of international organisations, the 60-year period is counted from the date of publication.

Copyright grants rights such as:

  1. Reproduction
  2. Adaptation
  3. Publication
  4. Performance
  5. Display of your production and service
S.No. For an application for COMPULSORY LICENSE : Fee
1. For an application for registration or copyright in a:
(a)Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work Rs. 500/- per work
(b)Provided that in respect of a Literary or Artistic work which is used or is capable of being used in relation to any goods (Section 45) Rs. 2,000/- per work
2. For an application for registration of Copyright in a Cinematograph Film (Section 45) Rs. 5,000/- per work
3. For an application for registration of copyright in a Sound Recording (Section 45) Rs. 2,000/- per work

Professional Fees Rs. 3,000/- onwords.

What are the classes of works for which copyrights protection is available in India?

  1. Original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works.
  2. Cinematograph films.
  3. Sound recordings.

What is an artistic work?

  1. a painting, a sculpture, a drawing (including a diagram, map, chart or plan), an engraving or a photograph, whether or not any such work possesses artistic quality.
  2. a work of architecture.
  3. any other work of artistic craftsmanship.

What is a musical work?

“Musical work” means a work consisting of music and includes any graphical notation of such work but does not include any words or any action intended to be sung, spoken or performed with the music. A musical work need not be written down to enjoy copyright protection.

What is a sound recording?

“Sound recording” means a recording of sounds from which sounds may be produced regardless of the medium on which such recording is made or the method by which the sounds are produced. A phonogram and a CD-ROM are sound recordings.

What is a cinematograph film?

“Cinematograph film” means any work of visual recording on any medium produced through a process from which a moving image may be produced by any means and includes a sound recording accompanying such visual recording and “cinematograph” shall be construed as including any work produced by any process analogous to cinematography including video films.