Copyright Registration in India – Online Filing Process and Cost
About Copyright – It’s Meaning
A Copyright is right granted by the law of a country that grants the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings exclusive rights for its use and distribution.
What can be Copyrighted?
Copyright registration can be obtained for:
- Original works of art
- Computer Programs
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Steps involved in Copyright filing process in India
An Application for Copyright registration is to be made online through Form XIV ( Including Statement of Particulars and Statement of Further Particulars) along with payment of the prescribed Fee on the website www.copyright.gov.in.
After the Application is filed, a diary number is issued against the Application.
After the Application is filed there is a mandatory waiting period of 30 days so that no objection is filed in the Copyright office against the application. If no objection is filed, the application is examined by the examiners.
In case any objection is filed, the Examination Report is issued by the Registrar of Copyrights.
This Objection is to be responded to within 30 days. Once the Reply is filed, or additional documents are filed and clarifications provided, as sought in the Examination Report. The Registrar of Copyrights may grant an opportunity of hearing to both the parties to decide to register the work or otherwise.
4. Hearing with the Registrar of Copyrights:
If the submissions to Objection are not accepted by the Registrar of Copyrights, both parties will have an opportunity of being heard. The Registrar of Copyrights, after hearing the Parties, may decide to register the work or otherwise.
If accepted after the Hearing, or if there is no Objection, the Application is Examined. Upon Examination by the Registrar, If any discrepancy is found the applicant is given 45 days time to remove the discrepancies and submit additional documents.
6. Hearing with the Registrar of Copyrights:
If the submissions against the discrepancies are not accepted by the Registrar of Copyrights, the Applicant will have an opportunity of being heard. The Registrar of Copyrights, after hearing the Party, may decide to register the work or otherwise.
7. Grant of Copyright:
After the above steps, the copyright application will proceed to Acceptance or Rejection.
The Copyright Workflow is available as below:
Image Source: http://copyright.gov.in/frmWorkFlow.aspx
A Copyright is valid for 60 years from the death of the author of the copyright.