"Copyright" is a form of intellectual property protection granted to the creators of original works of authorship such as literary works (including computer programmes, tables and compilations), dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematographic films and sound recordings.
Different types of work covered under copyright
- Dramatic and musical work (i.e. Drama, Skit, Play, Movie etc.)
- Artistic work (i.e. Logo, monogram, design etc.)
- Software / Computer Programme.
- Work of Architecture.
- Cinematograph Film.
- Sound Recording (i.e. A Cassette or a Record)
- Web site, Web Contents, Home Page.
Why Copyright registration is essential?
Copyright registration of the work is highly recommended; as registration is helpful in an infringement suit. As per the Copyright Act, the Register of copyrights (where the details of the work are entered on registration) is prima facie evidence in all courts.
Who owns Copyright in a work?
In India, the first owner of copyright in a work is the author. If the work is done in course of employment then employee is the first owner, unless there is an agreement to the contrary. Where the work includes material from different owners, or for example is a translation of an original work, several owners may each have copyright in the final work. No objection certificate or relevant transfer documents to be obtained from the employees or appointed designers.
Advantages of copyright registration
By registering your copyright work, you create a public record of your work and a concrete proof that you are the owner of the creative work, If someone copies your work, you can sue them for copyright infringement.
Copyright owners have the exclusive right to either do or authorize the doing of any of the following:
- To reproduce the work in any material form including the storing of it in any medium by electronic means
- To issue copies of the work to the public not being copies already in publication
- To perform the work in public, or communicate it to the public to make any translation or adaptation of the work
- To sell or give on hire, or offer for sale or hire a copy regardless of whether such copy has been sold or given on hire on earlier occasions