Copyright is an exclusive right given to the owner of the subject over his/her work. Upon protecting a work with copyright, no one can copy, reproduce or recreate an original work in any way. Copyright in India is termed for a period of 60 years. The copyrights register in India is divided into 6 categories as:
Literary works excluding computer programs
Computer programs, tables, and compilations
Though there are several amendments in the copyright act, the works in India are registered under ‘The Copyright Act, 1957'.
Copyright Registration In India:
An application in the prescribed format has to be sent to the registrar of copyright along with the prescribed fees. (Separate application must be filed for separate works)
Every copyright registration application needs to be signed by the applicant and the advocate on whose favor the Power of Attorney has been executed
Upon receiving the application, the registrar will issue a Diary Number followed by a waiting period of 30 days
If no objection is received within 30 days, the scrutinizer will conduct a thorough check for any discrepancy.
If no discrepancy, the registration will be done and an extract of the same will be sent across to the registrar to mark an entry in the Register of Copyrights.
If an objection is raised, a letter will be sent to both the parties on the objection and a hearing will be arranged
After the hearing, the scrutinizer may approve or reject the copyright registration application basing on the outcome of the hearing