Copyright is a legal right, existing globally in many countries, that basically grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine and decide whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others .This is usually only for a limited time. Copyright is a form of intellectual property, applicable to certain forms of creative work .Copyrights can be granted by public law and are in that case considered "territorial rights". 

Copyright protection is available for original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form, whether published or unpublished. The categories of works that can be protected by copyright laws include paintings, literary works, live performances, photographs, movies, and software.


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Documents Required for Copyright Registration

  • 2 Copies of work
  • DD/IPO of Rupees as per work
  • NOC from various copyright holders or copy of agreement.
  • NOC from publisher if work published and publisher is different person
  • If the application for the copyright is being filed by any ways from the attorney, a specific Power of Attorney in original duly signed by the applicant and that must be accepted by the attorney.

Exhaustive lists of works covered by copyright are usually not to be found in legislation. Nonetheless, broadly speaking, works commonly protected by copyright throughout the world include:

  • literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspaper articles;
  • computer programs, databases;
  • films, musical compositions, and choreography;
  • artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture;
  • architecture; and
  • advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.

There is a copyright registration system in India. Applications for registration may be made to the Registrar of Copyright. 

A Copyright owner enjoys various personal and proprietary rights. Proprietary rights would include reproduction, distribution, leasing, exhibition, performance, broadcasting, dissemination, adaptation, compilation, translation etc. Personal rights would include moral rights, alteration and maintaining integrity of the work.

The general rule is that copyright lasts for 60 years. In the case of original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works the 60-year period is counted from the year following the death of the author.