Updated: Jun 18, 2020
What is Copyright?
Copyright is the collection of rights vested on an author of an intellectual property. The intellectual properties that gain protection under Copyright Laws are artistic, literary, cinematic, dramatic, musical works, sound recordings, lectures, etc. Some notable examples or works protected under copyright law include sculptures, engravings, architecture, photographs, etc. An author of any such work gets vested with copyrights over such a work as soon as the work comes into existence. The basic requirement for continued enjoyment of copyrights is for the work under consideration to be original and the result of the author’s skill and judgement. The validity of copyright in a work is limited to the lifetime of the author plus sixty years, in case the author is not a natural person, protection can be enjoyed up to sixty years from the date of publication. In India, Copyrights Act, 1957 and Copyright Rules, 2013 governs the registration and enforcement of copyrights.
Who can file for copyrights?
Any person, either natural or juristic, can file an application for registration of a work as recognized under the Copyrights Act, 1957. There is no age requirement present for one to qualify as an author, hence, minor can also be an author of a work. An individual other than the author, such as, copyrights owner, assignee or legal heir can also file for registration.
Where can you file?
The applications can be made through e-filing method or can also be made physically to:
Registrar of Copyrights at Plot no. 32,
Boudhik Sampada Bhawan,
Sector 14, Dwarka,