Copyright registration in India gives monetary rights and benefits to the original creators of literature, art, music, sound recordings, cinematographed films and broadcasts. This enables the creators to make money from their creation by making copies, performing in public, broadcasting, and issuing its copies to the public for various other online uses. Copyright is automatically created at the moment when creator creates something. But, the act of copyright registration in India is important as it gives the creator a legal right in public so that others cannot exploit the creator’s work.
Benefits of copyright registration
Prima Facie Evidence
Copyright protection provides a prima facie evidence in case if the litigation arises. The proof is essential to attest to anything in the court of law; hence copyright registration is very beneficial for creators.
When the registration of copyright is done, a definite public record is created that helps the original creator to establish his ownership over the said copyright.
Protection Extended Even After The Creators Death
Copyright’s protection is not restricted up to the original creators’ life span; its validity is longer than any other intellectual property. It is secured for the creators’ lifespan and 60 years after his/her death.
For Filing a Case For Infringement
An individual cannot sue for copyright infringement unless he/she has a registered copyright. Registration gives the copyright holder the official right to file for infringement and claim for damages.
Documents required for Copyright registration in India
Details of the applicant
Name, Address & Nationality of the Applicant (Certificate of Registration must be provided for a body corporate)
Nature of interest
Nature of the Applicant’s Interest in the Copyright
i.e. if the applicant is the original creator or a representative of the creator
Details about the work
i.e. Type & Description of the Work,
Title of the Work or URL Language of the Work
The Date of Publication
The date when your creative work was first published