Benefits of Copyright Registration in India

Last Updated On: July 27, 2021, 10:04 p.m.


A copyright is an exclusive right given to the owner of intellectual property. Copyrights protect a creator’s work from unauthorised duplication or use. Through the Copyright Act, nobody can copy, imitate, or produce another work if work gets protected by Copyright Registration.


What Is Copyright Registration Under Copyright Law?

Although it isn’t mandatory to get protected under the Copyright Act, it is advisable to do so. This is because a copyright owner’s work gets unassailable protection, thereby motivating more original ideas. 


Why should one get their work registered under the copyright law?

It is not mandatory to get copyright protection but always advisable to do so because it will give the owner a certain set of minimum rights over his work and the protection that no one will be able to copy his work for a minimum period of time. This satisfaction will always motivate the owner to do more work and create more items.


Procedure for Copyright Registration

The following process has to be followed while registering copyright:

  • An application including all the particulars and the statement of the particulars in Form 4 should be sent to the registrar along with the requisite fees. This is mentioned in Schedule 2 of the act. Additionally, a separate application can be made for separate works
  • The government has assigned a list of different works
  • Every application must be signed by the applicant. Additionally, they must get a sign from the POA that has been executed
  • The registrar will then give a dairy number and there will be a period of 30 days for any objections received
  • If you don’t receive any objections, the scrutinizer will check if the application has any fault. Additionally, if there are no corrections, the registration will be done correctly. A citation will be given to the registrar for a note in the Register of Copyrights
  • Additionally, if the examiner finds any objection, he/she will send a letter to both the parties and will give them a hearing
  • Once the hearing is done, the objections will be resolved and will scrutinize the application and approve the application.


Why Should We Obtain a Copyright Registration?

Copyrights are applicable to all the things that you invent, and some of them are copyrights for movies, pictures, books, music, etc. To protect your creation, it is advisable to get a copyright registration. Here are some other reasons:

  • If your ideas are copyrighted, it can be published to the public and thereby create ownership
  • If your work is copyrighted, then you can protect your creation and claim for damages in case of copyright violations 
  • The owners can have a record of the registration with Indian Customs and prevent importing duplicate copies
  • Any work that is based on another work that may be subject to copyright restrictions can be made from the original registered work
  • Your work or ideas can be on sale or can be shared with a third party without any objection
  • If your work has protection by copyright, then you can exhibit your work.


Rights gained by an owner from Copyright Registration:

Right of Reproduction

According to the Copyright Act, no third party can make copies of the original work unless the copyright owner or author grants permission to make a copy.

Right of Adaptation

The right of adaptation means the copyright holder has an exclusive right to make derivative works based on original work. For example, a movie studio must secure the author’s adaptation rights before making a film version of a book. This is why JK Rowling is the executive producer for all the Harry Potter movies. 

Communication to the Public

Any copyright owner can make their work accessible to the public. They can publish their ideas by means of technical communication. 

Right of Public Performance

People who work on any musical and artistic effort can perform their ideas publicly. For instance, a musician or an actor can perform his/her role for the masses. The artists can also choose to broadcast their performances on digital platforms.

Right of Paternity and Integrity

Copyright law grants the moral rights of paternity and integrity to the creators. The right of authorship or attribution means that the producer can claim authorship over his job. That is, whoever wishes to makeover or adapt the original work has to give due credit to the creator or author. 

For instance, if a person has an interest in making a movie out of a book, he/she must get the authority and mention the author’s name respectively. 


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