Copyright Registration

The Copyright is the right of the ownership which is entitled to literature, drama, music, paintings. Copyright registration grants to the applicant all the rights to the reproduction, adaptation and the translation of the work. The copyright registration is done as per the Copyright Act 1957. This protects the honour for the creator. This lasts long for 60 years. Also the infringement is abstained. As per Section 2(o) of the copyright Act 1957, the literary work includes the computer programs, tables, compilations. Source code is also considered. Thus a tech-savvy can also apply for the copyright registration.

Importance of copyright registration

  • The copyright registration provides the goodwill to the owner. It precludes the unauthorized usage of the creation.
  • The copyright registration avails the global protection.
  • The copyright registration keeps the track of the creator.
  • The copyright registration is one of the intellectual property rights and it is a record for the date of publication of the work.
  • The copyright registration provides the royalty rights to the
  • owner.

      Documents required for Copyright Registration

      • Name and the address of the applicant
      • Identity proof
      • Nationality of the applicant
      • Features of the original work and its supporting documents
      • Publication date of the work
      • Title of the work

      What are the types of works will have the copyright protection?

      • Artistic works
      • Audio visual works
      • Sound tracks
      • Media works
      • Choreography works
      • Computer programs
      • Compilations

      Procedure for registration

      Step 1: Application filed

      The copyright application should be filed with all the details of the works mentioned. Type of work is also mentioned.

      Step 2: Documents verification

      All the applications and the forms must have duly signed by the applicant and the power of attorney should be executed.

      Step 3: Diary number

      Once the document and other process will be verified and the applicant receives the diary number.

      Step 4: application status

      The examiner reviews for the potential discrepancies and the objections.

      Step 5: Issuance of registered certificate

      Once the inconsistency is removed, a copyright will be registered and the certificate will be issued.


The ideas or the expressions cannot have the copyright registration. Under the section 15 of the copyright Act 1957 or Design Act 2000, the copyright registration is refrained. It is one of the intellectual property rights and is a tangible asset.

No. acquisition of the copyright is automatic. This does not need any formality. During the infringement, it serves as prima facie evidence.

It refers to the registered collective administration society under the Section 33 of Copyright Act 1957.

Authors and owner of the copyright cannot keep the track of all the works of the work. It keeps vigil over the uses of those works.

  • Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS)
  • Indian Reprographic Rights Organization (IRRO)
  • Indian Signers Rights Association (ISRA)

The registration is granted for 5 years.