Copyright can be defined as the intellectual property right that the creators have over their literary and artistic works. A work protected by copyright cannot be imitated or reproduced by any other person. Copyright law in India is governed by the Copyright Act 1957. Copyright safeguards the rights of an author over their creation, thereby protecting and rewarding creativity. The Indian Copyright Act protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematograph films, sound recordings and much more besides. Copyright registration is not mandatory for protection, but is recommended for certain kinds of works for their better enforcement.
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The exhaustive lists of works which are covered by the Copyright Act 1957 (Amended in 2012) are:
1. Literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspaper articles;
2. computer programs, databases;
3. cinematography films and musical composition;
4. artistic works such as paintings, drawings and photographs;
5. sound recordings;
6. advertisements and logos
⦁ COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION PROCESS
To get a copyright registration an application must be filed with the Registrar or online along with the prescribed fees. Copyright law in India covers the rights granted to the creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and the producers of cinematograph films and sound recording.
PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION OF A WORK UNDER THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957:
1. 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
2. Separate applications should be made for registration of each work
3. Each application should be accompanied by the requisite fee prescribed in the second schedule to the Rules
4. Drafting of assignments and licensing agreements.
5. The applications should be signed by the applicant or the advocate in whose favour 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