May 5, 2016

Copyright Applications

Copyright is a right given by the law to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, cinematic, sound recording and artistic works. Copyright ensures minimum protection of author’s rights over their work, and therefore protecting their creativity that has been substantially expressed in a physical form. Because of the protection, authors are able to generate an atmosphere of creativity, which induces them to create more and inspire others to create. The duration of copyright protection depends on many factors, but generally lasts for 60 years in India for works created by a named individual (un-anonymous).

The Copyright Office of India in New Delhi provides the facility to register original creations. The office accepts both paper and electronic forms of registrations. Application for registration should be made on Form XIV, which is available at copyright.gov.in/frmformsDownload.aspx. The application should be accompanied by the requisite fee, which can be found at copyright.gov.in/frmFeeDetailsShow.aspx.

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