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Copyright Registration

What Is A Copyright?

Copyright definition: The exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.

Copyright corresponds to the intellectual property owner's legal right. When someone develops a product that is deemed unique and requires significant cognitive activity in order to produce it, this product becomes intellectual property that must be secured from unauthorized replication. Computer software, art, poetry, graphic designs, musical lyrics and compositions, novels, film, original architectural designs, website content, etc. are examples of distinctive creations.

Anyone with an original work of authorship will automatically have the copyright to that work, deterring anyone else from using it or replicating it. The original owner may voluntarily register the copyright if he or she wishes to have an upper hand in the legal system if the need arises. A copyright does not protect ideas, discoveries, concepts and theories. Brand names, logos, slogans, domain names and titles cannot be protected under copyright law as well.

Copyright law in India: The Indian Copyright Act, 1957 as amended from time to time and the Indian Copyright Rules, 1958 (Rules) governs the system of copyrights in India. Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematographic films and sound recordings. In fact, it is a bundle of rights including, inter alia, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work.

Copyright V/S Trademark V/S Patents

  • While copyright law is not all-encompassing, additional sanctions may be imposed by other laws, such as patent and trademark laws. Although copyrights, trademarks, and patents are often used interchangeably, they are various forms of intellectual property protection. Trademark laws protect content that is used to distinguish between the work of an individual or company and another entity. These materials include words, phrases, or symbols — like logos, slogans, and brand names — which are not covered by copyright laws. A patent is a right, granted by the government, to exclude others from making, using, or selling your invention. Patents protect inventions such as new processes, machines, or chemicals. The central idea is that patents protect ideas, not just expressions of them. The main effect of patents is to give their holders the right to challenge any use of the invention by a third party. He thereby gave a temporary monopoly of exploitation which can be understood as a financial incentive for inventive industrial activities.

Registrar Of Copyrights

  • The register of the Registrar of Copyrights is divided into 6 categories:

    PART – 1: Literary works other than computer Programs (Eg: Copyright of a book in India)
    PART – 2: Copyright for Musical Works
    PART – 3: Artistic Works
    PART – 4: Cinematography Films
    PART – 5: Sound Recording
    PART – 6: Computer Programs, tables & Compilations

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