I am an indian. I need copyright in my documents. So where and how to get copyright ?

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The copyright office for the government of India contains the information that you want. You should consult a local copyright attorney.

copyright office contact information

Dr. V.P.Srivastav
Dy. Registrar of Copyrights
Copyright Division. Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Human Resource Development
4th Floor, Jeevan Deep Building
Parliament Street
New Delhi : 110001

Email Address: mailto:copyright@nic.in
Office Telephone No.: 91-11-23362436


Questions :
Ques: What is copyright?
Ques: What is the scope of protection in the Copyright Act, 1957?
Ques: Does copyright apply to titles and names?
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.

Ques: Where I can file application for registration of copyright for a work?

Ans: The Copyright Office has been set up to provide registration facilities to all types of works and is headed by a Registrar of Copyrights and is located at 4th Floor Jeevan Deep Building , New Delhi- 110 001. The applications for registration of works can be filled at the counter provided at the Copyright Office from 2.30 P.M. to 4.30. P.M. from Monday to Friday. The applications are also accepted by post. On-line registration through “E-filing facility “ has been provided from 14th February 2014, which facilitates the applicants to file applications at the time and place chosen by them.

Ques: What is the procedure for registration of a work under the Copyright Act, 1957?

Ans: The procedure for registration is as follows:
a) Application for registration is to be made on Form IV ( Including Statement of Particulars and Statement of Further Particulars) as prescribed in the first schedule to the Rules ;

b) Separate applications should be made for registration of each work;

c) Each application should be accompanied by the requisite fee prescribed in the second schedule to the Rules ; and

d) The applications should be signed by the applicant or the advocate in whose favor a Vakalatnama or Power of Attorney has been executed. The Power of Attorney signed by the party and accepted by the advocate should also be enclosed.

e) The fee is either in the form of Demand Draft,Indian Postal Order favoring "Registrar Of Copyright Payable At New Delhi" or through E payment

Each and every column of the Statement of Particulars and Statement of Further Particulars should be replied specifically.

Ques: What is the fee for registration of a work under the Copyright Act, 1957?
Ques: Can I myself file an application for registration of copyright of a work directly?

Ans: Yes. Any individual who is an author or rights owner or assignee or legal heir can file application for copyright of a work either at the copyright office or by post or by e-filing facility from the copyright Office web-site "www.copyright.gov.in"

Ques: What are the guidelines regarding registration of a work under the Copyright Act?

Ans: Chapter XIII of the Copyright Rules, 2013, as amended, sets out the procedure for the registration of a work. Copies of the Act and Rules can be obtained from the Manager of Publications, Publication Branch, Civil Lines, Delhi or his authorized dealers on payment or download from the Copyright Office web-site "www.copyright.gov.in"

Ques: Whether unpublished works are registered?

Ans: Yes. Both published and unpublished works can be registered. Copyright in works published before 21st January, 1958, i.e., before the Copyright Act, 1957 came in force, can also be registered, provided the works still enjoy copyright. Three copies of published work may be sent along with the application. If the work to be registered is unpublished, a copy of the manuscript has to be sent along with the application for affixing the stamp of the Copyright Office in proof of the work having been registered. In case two copies of the manuscript are sent, one copy of the same duly stamped will be returned, while the other will be retained, as far as possible, in the Copyright Office for record and will be kept confidential. It would also be open to the applicant to send only extracts from the unpublished work instead of the whole manuscript and ask for the return of the extracts after being stamped with the seal of the Copyright Office.

When a work has been registered as unpublished and subsequently it is published, the applicant may apply for changes in particulars entered in the Register of Copyright in Form V with prescribed fee. The process of registration and fee for registration of copyright is same.

Ques: Whether computer Software or Computer Programme can be registered?

Ans: Yes. Computer Software or programme can be registered as a ‘literary work’. As per Section 2 (o) of the Copyright Act, 1957 “literary work” includes computer programmes, tables and compilations, including computer databases. ‘Source Code’ has also to be supplied along with the application for registration of copyright for software products.

Ques: How can I get copyright registration for my Web-site?

A web-site contains several works such as literary works, artistic works (photographs etc.), sound recordings, video clips, cinematograph films and broadcastings and computer software too. Therefore, a separate application has to be filed for registration of all these works.

Ques: How long I have to wait to get my work to get registered by the Copyright office?

Ans: After you file your application and receive diary number you have to wait for a mandatory period of 30 days so that no objection is filed in the Copyright office against your claim that particular work is created by you. If such objection is filed it may take another one month time to decide as to whether the work could be registered by the Registrar of Copyrights after giving an opportunity of hearing the matter from both the parties.

If no objection is filed the application goes for scrutiny from the examiners. If any discrepancy is found the applicant is given 30 days time to remove the same. Therefore, it may take 2 to 3 months time for registration of any work in the normal course. The cooperation of the applicant in providing necessary information is the key for speedy disposal the matter.

Ques: Is an opportunity for hearing given in all the cases pertain to rejection of registration?

  • This is actually a really, really bad answer - what happens if the copyright office changes the url and your link no longer works? Please edit your answer to quote some of the pertinent information, as it should really be in the text of the answer. – jimsug Apr 18 '16 at 23:55
  • @jimsug - Given that the question itself was really, really bad a "LMGTFY" answer like this might be the best answer. It did prompt me to raise the question in meta.... – feetwet Apr 19 '16 at 1:41
  • While I was tempted to say "google is your friend" and just give the first couple of google pointers, I did feel sorry for him. Also since someone who is more experienced using this site suggested copying in the answers from the FAQ I did so. Usually on sites like stackoverflow.com, it would have been closed with "show your initial work". – sabbahillel Apr 19 '16 at 1:54
  • If it should've been closed, then we should have closed it. If it's not worth giving an answer that has some content, maybe it's not worth answering at all. – jimsug Apr 19 '16 at 2:13
  • @jimsug and sabbahillel: Both good arguments. Please weigh in on meta.law.stackexchange.com/questions/416/…! – feetwet Apr 19 '16 at 3:07

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