Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection like trademark and patents. A copyright is a legal right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. Copyright give the owner of the work certain safeguard to ensure the intellectual work is protected and creativity is rewarded. Copyright includes a bundle of rights like the rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work.
In India, Copyrights are registered under The Copyright Act, 1957. The Copyright Act, 1957 protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and cinematograph films and sound recordings from unauthorized uses. However, ideas, procedures, methods of operation or mathematical concepts cannot be copyrighted. Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. In fact, it is a bundle of rights including, inter alia, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work. There could be slight variations in the composition of the rights depending on the work.
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1. For what can copyright be obtained?
You can get a copyright for any unique and creative content. This could range from a design, a sketch, a painting, a song recording, a music video, a movie file, a poem, a book or even a short story.
2. Does copyright apply to titles or names?
Copyright does not ordinarily protect titles by themselves or names, short word combinations, slogans, short phrases, methods, plots or factual information. Copyright does not protect ideas or concepts. To get the protection of copyright a work must be original.
3. What are the documents required for copyright registration?
A copy of the work needs to be provided along with the address and identity proof of the owner is required. For a Company, the name of the Company along with its Certificate of Incorporation and Address proof is required.
4. Do I need a trademark or copyright? What is the difference?
A trademark is a mark given to protect a brand name, logo or slogan. On the other hand, copyright is a protection given to unique content like a book, music, videos, songs and artistic content.
5. After applying for a copyright, if someone else copies my content, is there any protection?
Yes, absolutely. You must immediately send a legal notice and after sending the notice, if the problem does not get resolved, you can even file a case against the other side in a court of law.
6. Is there any way to search if the content has been copyrighted by someone else in the past?
Unfortunately, there is no such mechanism. However, you should do a thorough search on the internet, using Google or your preferred search engine to check if there is similar content available already.
7. If someone claims I have infringed their copyright, what can I do?
Typically, they will send you a legal notice claiming that you have copied their copyright. You can send a reply to this legal notice via us, and we can help you find a lawyer who will fight your case for you.
8. How long is copyright registration valid for?
Copyright protection is valid for a duration of 60 years. If it is 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, sound recordings, photographs, posthumous publications, anonymous and pseudonymous publications, works of government and works of international organizations, the 60-year period is counted from the date of publication.
9. Is a copyright valid in India alone or is it valid across the world?
A copyright is valid in India. However, if you have filed a copyright in India, you can use this as evidence before any government to prove that you were using the copyrighted content first.
10. Can I sell or transfer a copyright registration?
A copyright registration can be sold, transferred, gifted and franchised with due consent from the owner of the work.