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What is Copyright ?

Copyright is a right given under law to creators of original work in certain areas. It gives the owner of the subject an exclusive right over his or her work. If a work is protected under copyright, no third party can copy, imitate, or reproduce that original work in any other way, else they will be liable under law for infringement of copyright. The term of copyright in India is for a period of 60 years. It is not mandatory to register copyright but it is advisable to do so as it will give the owner a set of rights for his original work, which no third party can steal or copy.

The areas of work under which a copyright registration can be applied are as follows:
1. Original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic work;
2. Cinematographic films and
3. Sound recordings.

Documents we need

Two Copies of the Original Work
Demand Draft of the Applicable Fee
NOC from the Author/Publisher, for LGL to apply on their behalf
Special Power of Attorney duly signed by the Applicant and accepted by the Attorney

Different types of Copyright Protection

Literary works
Literary work includes original work of literature which may be in any form such as a work of fiction, biography, technical books or paper, dramatics, script, thesis, research work, tables, compilation, and computer programs including computer databases. It can be registered irrespective of its quality, style, or merit.
Artistic Works
Artistic works comprise of paintings, a sculpture a drawing (including a diagram, map, chart, or plan), an engraving or a photograph, whether or not any such work possesses artistic quality; a work of architecture; and any other work of artistic craftsmanship
Cinematographic Film
This work includes any work of visual recording on any medium, produced through a process from which a moving image may be produced by any means and includes a sound recording accompanying such visual recording and "cinematograph" shall be construed as including any work produced by any process analogous to cinematography including video films.
Musical Works
Musical works consist of music and include any graphical notation of such work but do not include any words or any action intended to be sung, spoken, or performed with the music. A musical work need not be written down to enjoy Copyright protection. Example: Written work of lyricist, composer, and rights of the singer.
Dramatic Works
Dramatic work is also a kind of literary work and it includes work such as a recitation, arrangement of performing a play, choreographic work, etc.
Sound Recordings
Sound Recording means any recording from which sounds can be produced regardless of the medium on which such recording is made or the method by which the sounds are produced.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.
In such a case, you will receive a legal notice from the third party, claiming that you have copied or reproduced their registered work. Vakilsearch can help you reply to the legal notice and in the further litigation process.
Copyright protection is valid for 60 years. If it is literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, the 60-year period is counted from the year following the expiry of the author. For 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.
A copyright holder has the right to translate, reproduce and adapt the creative work; the right to be credited for it; the right to determine who may adapt the work to other forms and who may get monetary benefits out of it.
A website cannot be copyrighted in one application, rather you cannot copyright the entire website as it is made of various elements such as the content would be termed as literary work, the source code and object code of the website would also be considered as literary work, the pictures, artistic works would be considered as a separate work and therefore, individual copyright applications must be filed for such different elements of the website.
Yes, if the discrepancy is not removed within the said timeline, the application will be abandoned.