Copyright Registration

Copyright refers to the ownership rights to literature, theater, music, artwork, sound recordings, and other works. Copyright registration grants a set of rights to the work, including reproduction, public communication, adaptation, and translation. Copyright registration ensures that the writers’ rights to ownership and enjoyment of their works are protected and rewarded, which protects and rewards creativity.

Copyright registration is required since it allows you to communicate with the public, reproduce the rights, adapt, and translate the works.


As the understanding of intellectual property rules has grown, there has been a significant increase in the amount of intellectual property registered in India. One of the most important types of intellectual property protection is copyright registration.

The Copyright Act of 1957 governs the process of copyright registration. The author’s creative work cannot be replicated since no one is permitted to use it without the author’s or creator’s consent. The author has the right to charge for the use or modification of their work. The copyright is usually protected for 60 years.


Copyright registration can be obtained for any works related to literature, drama, music, artwork, film, or sound recording. Copyrights are given to mainly three classes of work, and each class has its distinctive right under the copyright act.

  • Original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works comprise the copyright for books, music, painting, sculpture, etc.
  • Cinematography films are another class of copyright that consists of any work of visual recording on any medium.
  • Sound recordings have a distinctive class under the copyright act that consists of a recording of sounds, regardless of the medium on which such recording is made or the method by which the sound is produced.
Benefits of acquiring Copyright Registration
Provides Legal Protection

The creators enjoy legal protection when their work is reproduced without authorization. Registering a Copyright makes it much easier to protect the original work against infringement.

Market Presence

Copyright registration creates a public record of the work, and proof of ownership is established for the creative work.

Rights Of The Owner

The owner of the registered copyright gets the rights to reproduce, disseminate and adapt and translate the work.

Process for Copyright Registration

Copyright registration applications can be submitted on Form IV along with the required fees. It can be copyrighted whether it is a published or unpublished work. Three copies of the published material must be supplied with the application for published work.

For unpublished work, a copy of the manuscript must be supplied with the application for affixing the copyright office’s stamp, which serves as proof that the work has been registered.

The process for Copyright Registration:

  • The application for copyright registration has to be filed in the concerned forms that mention the particular work.
  • Depending on the type of the work, a separate copyright application may have to be filed.
  • The applicant needs to sign the forms, and the Advocate must apply the name the POA has been executed.
  • Meanwhile, our experts will prepare the copyright registration application and submit the necessary forms to the Registrar of Copyright.
  • The diary number will be issued once the application is submitted online.
  • Within the waiting period of 30 days, the copyright examiner reviews the application for potential objections or any other discrepancies.
  • If there is an objection, a notice will be issued, and the same has to be compiled within 30 days from the date of issuance of the notice. The examiner may call both parties for a hearing.
  • After the discrepancy has been removed or no objection, the copyright is registered, and the Copyright Office will issue the registration certificate.

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