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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ( FAQ about Copyrights)

What is the COPYRIGHTS?

Copyrights Act of 1957 is a bundle of rights which grants protection to the unique expression of ideas. Ideas per se cannot be protected; it is the expression of ideas in a material medium that is the subject matter of copyright protection. Copyright protects the rights of authors, ie; creators of intellectual property in the form of literary, musical, dramatic, artistic works, cinematograph films, sound recordings, artists, architects, composers, music production companies and producers, film production companies, computer programmers and designers. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created and hence facilities exist for having the work registered in the Register of Copyrights situated at New Delhi.

It's BENEFITS -

In case of infringement or duplication, Copyright law comes into action and secures the interests of the author, punishes the infringer and thus provides incentive to the creation of original works. A copyright can be transferred or can be assigned or licensed for a consideration. Copyright, unlike the other Intellectual Property Rights does not require any formal procedures as such and affords protection during the lifetime of the author and sixty years thereafter. Copyright registrations take place in 84 different countries that are the members of Bureau of Convention & Universal Copyright Union.

What is the procedure for Applying Copyrights?

A) SEARCH CLEARENCE: Search will be conducted through Trade Marks Registry, under Copyright Registration Act, in order to confirm whether the expression of ideas has been registered or not. The Clearance Report will be available in 15-30 working days or earlier.

B) FILING: On procuring the Clearance Certificate from the Registrar of Copyrights, filing has to be done immediately to acquire the rights on the same as per the requirements. The Certificate will be available in 3-6 months time.

C) POWER OF ATTORNEY: Notarized Power of Attorney (must be filed at the time of filing the application) so that you can authorise us to pursue the respected Copyright Case and all the communications related thereto be forwarded to us on your behalf for further proceedings.