Copyright is a legal privilege granted to artists who create works of art. Copyrights are safeguarded under "The Copyright Act, 1957," which has been amended multiple times. The owner's rights to their creation are protected by copyright registration. Because the Copyright registration procedure safeguards the attempts of authors, artists, and designers, the author/writer is encouraged to create more.The writer can use Copyright Registration to safeguard the original representation of a concept in the form of a creative work, but not the concept itself. It also aids in the prevention of unauthorised use of the original work and encourages originality.
Rights gained from Copyright Registration are-
- Rights of reproduction,
- Rights of communication to the public,
- Adaptation, and
- Translation of the work.
BENEFITS OF COPYRIGHT REGISTERATION
- Public Display of the Ownership-The creator's contribution would be proclaimed in the Copyright Office's CatLog and made available to the public following the Copyright registration. It makes the copyright holder's ownership of the work visible to the public and allows him to take legal action against infringers in a court of law.
- Enjoys the Advantage to work Freely-Copyright allows the creator/author to freely work with copyrighted work in India and other countries, as well as vice versa.
- Passing on The Right of Work-Copyright gives the creator the power to sell, disclose, or transfer the rights to the work to multiple people while maintaining copyright protection.
- Enhances the Reputation-Copyright increases the author's reputation by indicating that a specific work is his.
- Legal Protection of Ownership-If somebody steals your creative work, Copyright gives legal protection to the copyrighted work and aids in avoiding an expensive lawsuit over the original owner.
- Eligible for statutory Damages, Attorney Fees, and Costs of Suit-If copyright infringement occurs, the owner may file a lawsuit for statutory damages. In the event of a successful infringement complaint, the statutory damages allow courts to award special damages.The copyright owner is relieved of a burden of establishing actual damages as a result of this. Furthermore, it is extremely valuable because establishing statutory damages for infringement is a challenging undertaking. In addition, the copy owner will be compensated for each of their infringed works. There is some power available to bring the action to a quick conclusion.
WHAT TYPES OF WORKS COME UNDER COPYRIGHT REGISTERATION?
- Artistic works,
- Producers of Cinematograph Films,
- Music voice recordings.
- Literary works
- Musical works, including any accompanying words
- Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
- Pantomimes (Drama) and choreographic works
- Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works
- Motion pictures and other audio-visual works
- Sound recordings
- Architectural plans, drawings and actual buildings
WHAT ARE THE BASIC DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR COPYRIGHT REGISTERATION?
- Particulars of the Applicant (ID and Address proof of the applicant along with the Nationality)
- Name, address, and nationality of the author of the work
- Disclosure of the applicant’s interest in the copyright - whether he/she is the author of the work or the representative of the author.
- Copies of the original work.
- In case for business purpose-Incorporation certificate is required.
- Details of the nature of the work
- Class, Title & Description of the Work
- Language of the Work
- Date of Publication - Publication in internal magazines or a research paper submitted to a professor does not count as publication.