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Copyright is a bunch of rights in certain inventive works like text, creative works, music, computer programs, audio recordings, and films. The rights are granted entirely to the copyright owner to replicate the fabric, and for some material, the accurate to perform or show the work to the public.

Copyright owners will stop others from reproducing or communicating their work lacking their permission or could sell these rights to somebody else. Copyright doesn’t defend ideas, concepts, styles or techniques. For instance, copyright won’t shield a thought for a movie or book; however, it’ll protect a script for the film or even a storyboard for the movie. Copyright could be a separate right to the property right in an object.

As this means that the person may own a book or painting will not moreover own the copyright within the book or painting unless it’s been specifically assigned to them. The Copyright Act, 1957 protects creative legendary, dramatic, musical and inventive works and cinematograph films and sound recordings from illegal uses. Not like the case of patents, copyright protects the expressions and not the thoughts.

There’s no copyright protection for ideas, events, and methods of action. Copyright protection is conferred on all Original literary, artistic, musical or dramatic, cinematography and audio recording works. Original means, that the work has not been derivative from any other basis. Copyright protection commences the instant an effort is produced, and its registration is voluntary. Though, it is forever sensible to attain a registration for a superior protection. Copyright registration doesn’t award any rights and is simply a prima facie proof of an entry in respect of the work in the Copyright Register maintained through the Registrar of Copyrights. The term of protection fixed for works of copyright varies depending on the kind of work sought to be secluded. Literary or musical or inventive works (other than photographs) are approved copyright protection for a period which extends throughout the lifetime of the author and 60 years from the year in which the author dies.

On the other hand, if the work has not been announced, performed, or offered for sale or broadcast throughout the lifetime of the author, the copyright protection shall persist for a period of 60 years from the ending of the year in which any of these acts are done with reference to the work.

APPENDICES

Appendix-I

Form IV - Application for Registration of Copyright

To
The Registrar of Copyrights
Copyright Office
New Delhi- 110 001.
Sir,
In accordance with Section 45 of the Copyright Act, 1957 (14 of 1957), I hereby apply for registration of Copyright and request you that entries may be made in the Register of Copyrights in the enclosed Statement of Particulars sent herewith in triplicate.
I also send herewith completed the Statement of Further Particulars relating to the work. (For Literary, Dramatic, Musical and Artistic works only)
2. In accordance with Rule 16 of the Copyright Rules, 1958, I have sent by prepaid registered post copies of this letter and of the enclosed Statement(s) to other parties concerned, as shown below: Name and addresses of the parties Date of dispatch See columns 7, 11, 12 and 13 of the Statement of Particulars and the party referred in Col. 2 (e) of the Statement of Further Particulars.)
3. The prescribed fee has been paid, as per details below:-
4. Communications on this subject may be addressed to: -
5. I hereby declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief, no person, other than to whom a notice has been sent to as per paragraph 2 above has any claim or interest or dispute to my copyright of this work or to its use by me.
6. I hereby verify that the particulars given in this Form and in the Statement of Particulars and Statement of Further Particulars are true to the best of my knowledge, belief and information and nothing has been concealed therefrom.

Yours faithfully,
Signature by the applicant
List of enclosures:
Place:
Date:
Statement of Particulars
(to be sent in triplicate)
1. Registration No. (to be filled in by the Copyright Office)
2. Name, address & nationality of the Applicant
3. Nature of the Applicant’s interest in the Copyright of the work
4. Class and description of the work
5. Title of the work
6. Language of the work
7. Name, address & Nationality of the Author and if the author is deceased, the date of decease
8. Whether the work is published or unpublished
9. Year and Country of first publication (Name, address and nationality of the publisher)
10. Years and countries of subsequent publications if any, and name, addresses and nationalities of the publishers
11. Names, address and nationalities of the owners of various rights comprising the copyright in the workand the extent of rights held by each, together with the particulars of assignments and licence, if any
12. Names, addresses and nationalities of other persons if any, authorised to assign or licence the rights comprising the copyrights
13. If the work is ‘Artistic’ the location of the original work, including name and address and nationality of the person in possession of the work, (in case of an architectural work, the year of completion of the work should also be shown).
13A. If the work is an Artistic work which is used or is capable of being used in relation to any goods, the application should include a certification from the Registrar of Trade Marks in terms of the proviso to Sub-Section (i) of Section 45 of the Copyright Act, 1957.
14. Remarks, if any
Signature of the Applicant
Place:
Date:

Statement of Further Particulars

(To be sent in triplicate)
(For Literary, Dramatic, Musical and Artistic works only)

1. Is the work to be registered

  • an original work?
  • a translation of a work in the public domain?
  • A translation of a work in which Copyright subsists?
  • an adaptation of a work in the public domain?
  • an adaptation of a work in which Copyright subsists?

2. If the work is a translation or adaptation of a work in which Copyright subsists:

  • Title of the original work
  • Language of the original work
  • Name, address and nationality of the author of the original

work and if the author is deceased, the date of decease

  • Name, address and nationality of the publisher, if any,

of the original work

  • Particulars of the authorization for a translation or adaptation

including the name, address and nationality of the party authorizing:
3. Remarks, if any
Signature
Place:
Date:

Instructions for filling up the Statement of Particulars annexed to Form IV for the Registration of Copyrights
Col.3:- State whether the applicant is the author or publisher of the work or whether he/she is the owner assignee or licencee of any right comprising the copyright in the work or whether he has any other interest in the work.
Col.4:- State whether the work is "Literary work" or "Dramatic Work" or "Musical work" or "Computer Software work" or "Artistic Work" or "Cinematograph Film" or "Sound Recording", [see sub- section (i) of Section 13]. Describe in brief the nature of the work (i.e. Drama, Novel, Biography, Poems, Lecturers Opera, Painting, Engraving, Photograph, Disco tapes, etc.)
Col. 5 In regard to a work, a title must be given.
Col. 6 If the work is in more than one language, all the languages should be shown.
Col. 7 For the definition of Author see clause ‘d’ of Section 2. Moreover, irrespective of the personwho gave the ideas or suggestions, the author is the person who has actually drawn or executed the work in question.
Col. 8 For definition of Publication see Section 3 of the Act, and if the work is posthumous work, see sub-section (2) of Section 24.
Col. 9 If a work is published simultaneously in more than one country, state particulars of countries in which it is published and the exact date of publication (and not merely the year of publication) in each country. For meaning of simultaneous publication see section 5.
Col. 10 In case of subsequent publication, state briefly the changes, if any, made in the first publication.
Col.11 For the rights comprising the Copyright, see Section 14. If the rights are owned separately by different persons the rights of each person should be stated separately, including the extent of rights held by each person. In the case of a ‘Cinematograph Film’ or ‘Sound Recording’ also state in full particulars (viz. full names, addresses and nationalities) of the owners of Copyright of the work recorded in the Sound Recording like the composers, lyricists, story writers, etc.
Col. 12 State the Particulars of the persons other than those mentioned in Col. 11, authorized to assign or licence the rights comprising the copyrights, if any.
Col.13 State where and with whom the original work is located. This information is required to be supplied in case of artistic work as defined in Section 2 (c).
Col.13A In case an artistic work is used or is capable of being used in relation to any goods, a Search Certificate from the Trade Marks Registry u/s 45 (1) of the Copyright Act, 1957 as amended from time to time, has to be procured, and enclosed in original with the application for registration of Copyright.

THE APPLICANTS/THEIR LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES MAY VISIT COPYRIGHT OFFICE BETWEEN 2.30 PM AND 4.00 PM ON ANY WORKING DAY.
Second schedule to the Copyright Rules, 1958 (As amended from time to time) enlisting various fee payable under the Copyright Act, 1957.

For a licence to republish a Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work (Section 31, 31-A and 32-A) Rs. 400/- per work

For licence to republish a Cinematograph Film (Section 31) Rs. 600/- per work

For a licence to republish a sound recording (Section 31) Rs. 400/- per work

For a licence to perform an Indian work in public or to communicate the work to the public by Broadcast (Section 31) Rs. 200/- per work

For an application for a licence to produce and publish a translation of a Literary or Dramatic work in any Language ) (Section 32 & 32-A Rs. 200/- per work

For an application for registration or copyright in a:

  • Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work Rs. 50/- per work
  • Provided that in respect of a Literary or Artistic work which is used or is capable of being used in relation to any goods (Section 45)Rs. 400/- per work

For an application for change in particulars of copyright entered in the Register of Copyrights in respect of a:-

  • Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work Rs. 50/- per work
  • Provided that in respect of a Literary or Artistic work which is used or is capable of being used in relation to any goods (Section 45) Rs. 200/- per work

For an application for registration of Copyright in a Cinematograph Film (Section 45) Rs. 600/- per work

For an application for registration of change in particulars of copyright entered in the Register of Copyrights in respect of Cinematograph film (Section 45) Rs. 400/- per work

For an application for registration of copyright in a Sound Recording (Section 45) Rs. 400/- per work

For an application for registration of changes in particulars of copyright entered in the Register of Copyrights in respect of Sound Recording (Section 45) Rs. 200/- per work

For taking extracts from the indexes (Section 47) Rs. 20/- per work

For taking extracts from the Register of Copyrights (Section 47). Rs. 20/- per work

For a certified copy of an extract from the Register of Copyrights of the indexes (Section 47) Rs. 20/- per work

For a certified copy of any other public document in the custody of the Register of Copyright or the Copyright Board Rs. 20/- per work

For an application for prevention of importation of infringing copies (Section 53) per place of entry Rs. 400/- per work

Appendix -II

Composition of Copyright Enforcement Advisory Council

Chairman

Additional Secretary, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (Ex-officio)

Vice-Chairman

Joint Secretary in-charge of Book Promotion and Copyright Division, Department of Education (Ex-officio)

Members

Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (Ex-officio)
Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics (Ex-officio)
Director General of Police, Government of Uttar Pradesh
Director General of Police, Government of Andhra Pradesh
Director General of Police, Government of Gujarat
Director General of Police, Government of Punjab
Director General of Police, Administration of Chandigarh
Representative of the Federation of Indian Publishers, New Delhi.
Representative of Authors’ Guild of India, New Delhi.
Representative of the Federation of Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Associations in India, New Delhi.
Representative of Film Federation of India, Mumbai
Representative of National Association of Software Service Companies, New Delhi
Representative of Phonographic Performance Limited, Mumbai.
Representative of Indian Performing Right Society Ltd., Mumbai
Representative of Cine Artistes Association, Mumbai

Appendix -III

Composition of Copyright Board Chairman
Mr.S. Ramaiah (Former Law Secretary to the Government of India) Member
Joint Secretary-in-charge of Copyrights Ministry of Human Resource Development Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education, Government of India
Joint Secretary and Legal Adviser in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs) dealing with Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education, Government of India
Law Secretary, Government of Kerala
Law Secretary, Government of Karnataka
Law Secretary, Government of Rajasthan
Law Secretary, Government of West Bengal
Law Secretary, Government of Meghalaya
Law Secretary, Government of Maharashtra
Law Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh
Law Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh

Appendix-IV

List of Countries included in the International Copyright Order, 1999

I. Berne Convention Countries which have ratified/accepted/acceded to the 1971 Text of the Convention

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzogovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica , Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia , Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras ,Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania , Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname ,Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Total - 116 Countries)

II. Berne Convention Countries which are yet to ratify/accept/accede to the 1971 Text of Convention

Belgium,Canada,Chad,Fiji,Ireland,Israel,Lebanon,Liechtenstein,Madagascar,New Zealand,Pakistan,Romania

III. Universal Copyright Convention Countries which have Ratified/Accepted/Acceded to the 1971 Text of the Convention Convention

Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bolivia, Bosnia &Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Guinea, Holy see , Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Yugoslavia,

IV. Universal Copyright Convention Countries which are yet to Ratify/Accept/Accede to the 1971 Text of the Convention

Andorra, Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhistan, Lao People’s, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Zambia Democratic Republic

V. Phonograms Convention Countries

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Ecuado, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holy See , Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela,

VI. Countries Members of the World Trade Organization

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain,Bangladesh, Barbados,Belgium, Belize,Benin,Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, European Community, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala , Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Fee Detail

FEE CAN BE PAID BY POSTAL ODER /DEMAND DRAFT PAYABLE TO “REGISTRAR OF COPYRIGHTS, NEW DELHI”:

For an application for COMPULSORY LICENSE :

For a license to republish a Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work (Section 31, 31-A and 32-A) Rs. 400/- per work
For license to republish a Cinematograph Film (Section 31) Rs. 600/- per work
For a license to republish a sound recording (Section 31) Rs. 400/- per work
For a license to perform an Indian work in public or to communicate the work to the public by Broadcast (Section 31) Rs. 200/- per work
For an application for a license to produce and publish a translation of a Literary or Dramatic work in any Language ) (Section 32 & 32-A) Rs. 200/- per work

For an application for registration or copyright in a:

Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work Rs. 50/- per work
Provided that in respect of a Literary or Artistic work which is used or is capable of being used in relation to any goods (Section 45) Rs. 400/- per work

For an application for change in particulars of copyright entered in the Register of Copyrights in respect of a:

Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work Rs. 50/- per work
Provided that in respect of a literary or Artistic work which is used or is capable of being used in relation to any goods (Section 45) Rs. 200/- per work
For an application for registration of Copyright in a Cinematograph Film (Section 45) Rs. 600/- per work
For an application for registration of change in particulars of copyright entered in the Register of Copyrights in respect of Cinematograph film (Section 45) Rs. 400/- per work
For an application for registration of copyright in a Sound Recording (Section 45) Rs. 400/- per work
For an application for registration of changes in particulars of copyright entered in the Register of Copyrights in respect of Sound Recording (Section 45) Rs. 200/- per work
For taking extracts from the indexes (Section 47) Rs. 20/- per work
For taking extracts from the Register of Copyrights (Section 47). Rs. 20/- per work
For a certified copy of an extract from the Register of Copyrights of the indexes (Section 47) Rs. 20/- per work
For a certified copy of any other public document in the custody of the Register of Copyright or the Copyright Board Rs. 20/- per work
For an application for prevention of importation of infringing copies (Section 53) per place of entry Rs. 400/- per work

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