0

Indian gov copyright site

Ques: Is it necessary to register a work to claim copyright?

Ans: No. Acquisition of copyright is automatic and it does not require any formality. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created and no formality is required to be completed for acquiring copyright. However, certificate of registration of copyright and the entries made therein serve as prima facie evidence in a court of law with reference to dispute relating to ownership of copyright.

Do I need any legal document to display that copyright or just that the work is created by me it is sufficient?

  • So what is the question, you posted the answer...? – Ron Beyer Mar 12 at 14:20
  • It looks like i was confused in (c) 2019 My Name. Do I need any legal document to display that copyright or just that the work is created by me it is sufficient? – amit77309 Mar 12 at 14:51
  • 1
    No, you don't need to register it to use the (C) -----, you have the copyright, in fact you don't really even need the copyright notice, the copyright is automatic and implied for most countries under the Bern Convention – Ron Beyer Mar 12 at 15:04
2

In all Berne Convention countries (which includes India, the US, the UK, and almost every other country in the world) copyright is automatic, and does not need to be registered in any way. In any such country, the creator may (and is advised to) include a copyright notice such as "Copyright © YYYY by Author" (where YYYY is the year of creation, and "Author" the name under which the author claims copyright). Such a notice is not required, but may avoid any defense of "innocent" or unknowing infringement, and will be evidence of who claims copyright. Registration with any national authority is not required to obtain the basic protections of copyright, but my give additional rights or protections. For example in the US, registration can be required to obtain statutory damages, and for works by US nationals, is required before any infringement suit is filed. I don't know what benefits it gives in India.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.