Copyright refers to a set of rights granted to authors and artists who create literary and artistic works. Cinematograph films, graphics, pictures, music and sound recordings, and live performances, to name a few, all have this intellectual property right. A copyright grants the creator of the work, whether published or unpublished, the exclusive right to utilise the work.

The author's design content cannot be replicated since no one is permitted to use it without the author's or creator's consent. The author has the right to charge for the use or alteration of his work. In most cases, copyright protection lasts for 60 years.

Benefits of Copyright registration

  • Exclusive ownership of the work.
  • To facilitate the assignment of registered work.
  • Right to prevent any alterations or adaptations to the work, as well as any other actions that may threaten the work's integrity.
  • To gain from statutory damages and attorney's costs.
  • In the event of an infringement suit, it will serve as prima facie evidence in court.

Work falls under Copyright eligibility

  • Sound recording
  • Work of literature
  • Work in architecture
  • Lyrics and sound effects are included in the musical work.
  • Original sound score and music are included in this dramatic piece.
  • Films that are cinematographic, motion pictures, or other types of audio-visual media
  • Photographs, paintings, creative depictions, graphics, and sculptures are examples of artwork.
  • Work in the theatre and choreography, including pantomimes

Cost of Copyright registration

For works in literature, theatre, music, and other forms of art

Professional Fee Rs. 2,542
Govt Fee Rs. 500
Goods and Service Tax Rs. 457
Consultancy Fee NIL
Total Cost Rs. 3,499

For sound recordings

Professional Fee Rs. 2,118
Govt Fee Rs. 2,000
Goods and Service Tax Rs. 381
Consultancy Fee NIL
Total Cost Rs. 4,499

For cinematograph film, audiovisual, software

Professional Fee Rs. 2,118
Govt Fee Rs. 5,000
Goods and Service Tax Rs. 381
Consultancy Fee NIL
Total Cost Rs. 7,499

What does the Copyright Act grant to the right's owner?

  • Right to integrity
  • Right to issue the copies of work to the public
  • Rights to translate the work
  • Right of publication
  • Right to reproduce the work
  • Right to perform the work publicly
  • Right to make an adaption of the work

Required documents

  • Identity proof : Any form of photo identification, such as a PAN card, Aadhar card, voter ID, passport, or driver's licence.
  • General Power of Attorney : Signed on non-judicial stamp paper to permit our representative to file the application on your behalf.
  • Work Sheet : Three copies of the work must be copyrighted and accurately represented without any edits or revisions.
  • Info Sheet : Details of the work to be copyrighted are given on a supporting information sheet.

Validity of Copyright in India

The copyright registration is usually valid for 60 years.

  • 60 years after the creator's death for literary, theatrical, musical, and artistic work (other than pictures).
  • 60 years from the date of publishing for cinematography, sound recording, pictures, publication, and computer programming.

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