Copyright is a legal instrument that provides the creator of a work of art or literature, or a work that conveys information or ideas, the right to control how the work is used. The intent of copyright is to advance the progress of knowledge by giving an author of a work an economic incentive to create new works.
Copyright includes the following creative works:
- Literary works which includes Books, Magazines, Journals, Lectures, Dramas, Novels, Computer programmes/Software and compilation of data etc.
- Artistic works like paintings, Maps, photographs, drawings, Charts, Calligraphies, Sculptures, Architectural Works, Label Designs, Logos, Monograms and other works alike.
- Cinematographic works which includes movies, audio-visual works, documentaries etc; and
- Record works which include sound recordings, musical works etc.
Copyright Office Provides:
Copyright Office provides services for registration of a copyright work. The registration of copyright work is voluntary and granted only if an owner files an application as per prescribed method. However, registration of copyright work is recommended, as a certificate issued by the Copyright Office serves as prima-facie evidence to prove the ownership of copyright before the court of law or any authority.
Steps for Registration of Copyright:
- Filing of application
- Publication in newspaper (Artistic Work only)
- Opposition, if any
- Issuance of Certificate by Registrar (Registration)
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