Online Copyright Registration

Protect your logos, books, periodicals, magazines, videos, audio recording, cinematography and enjoy legal rights over it.

Documents required

  • Name, address, nationality of candidate
  • NOC from publisher (if work published)
  • Search certificate from Trade mark office (TM-60, if any)
  • 2 copies of work
  • KYC of author

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Copyright Registration in India

An Overview – Copy Registration in India

Copyright refers to the ownership rights of works such as literature, theatre, music, artwork, and sound recordings. Copyright registration ensures that the authors' rights to ownership and enjoyment of their works are protected and compensated, thereby safeguarding and remunerating creativity.

There has been a significant increase in the amount of intellectual property registered in India due to a greater awareness of intellectual property laws. Copyright registration is one of the most important forms of intellectual property protection.


Categories of the Copyright Registration

  • Literary works other than computer Programs
  • Musical Works
  • Artistic Works
  • Cinematography Films
  • Sound Recording
  • Computer Programs, tables & Compilations

Copyrights are protected by “THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957” though there have several amendments to the act.


Benefits of getting copyright registration

Provides Legal Protection

Copyright registration allows the copyright holder legal protection against any un-authorized use or infringement of their work. It also creates a public record of ownership, making it easier to establish ownership in court.

Deterrent Effect

Copyright registration can have a deterrent effect on potential infringers, who may be less likely to use a copyrighted work if they are aware that it is registered and the owner has legal recourse to enforce their rights.

Statutory Damages

If your work is registered with the office of copyright, you may be eligible for statutory damages in the event of infringement. This means that you may be entitled to compensation without having to prove actual damages.

Legal Fees and Costs

If you need to take legal action against an infringer, having a registered copyright can make it easier to recover legal fees and costs.

Process for Copyright Registration

The registrar must receive an application (including all the particulars and a statement of the particulars) in FORM IV format along with the required fees (mentioned in the Schedule 2 of the act.). Separate applications are required for each work.

Fees for different works have been given by the government in this link:

Following process must be followed in order get the copyright registration

  • The application for copyright registration must be submitted in the appropriate forms that identify the work.
  • Depending on the nature of work, it may be necessary to submit a separate copyright application.
  • The applicant must sign the paperwork, and the Advocate must file the application under the applicant's name under which the POA was executed.
  • Meanwhile, our professionals will prepare the application for copyright registration and send the appropriate paperwork to the Registrar of copyrights.
  • The diary number will be assigned once the online application has been submitted.
  • Within the 30-day waiting period, the copyright examiner examines the application for potential objections and other inconsistencies.
  • A notification will be sent if there is an objection, and the objection must be compiled within 30 days of the notice's issuing. The examiner may request a hearing with both parties.
  • Only after the discrepancy has been resolved or there is no objection, the Copyright Office will issue the registration certificate

Brief comparison between Trademark, Copyright and Patent

Particulars Trademark Patent Copyright
What’s protected Any word, phrase, symbol or design that recognizes and differentiates the source of one party's goods from those of another. Inventions, such as procedure, manufacturer, composition, machines of matter as well as improvements to these. Books, articles, music, photography, sculptures, dances, sound recordings, motion films and other original works of authorship.
Requirements for protection A mark must be distinguishable, in the sense that it must be able to identify the source of a certain good A fresh, valuable, and unusual invention is required. A work must be unique, original, and created in a tangible manner.
Term of protection Validity for 10 years can be made perpetual by renewing the trademark every 10 year 20 years Author’s life span+ 70 years.
Rights Granted Right to use the mark and to prohibit others from using identical marks in a way that could create confusion about the goods or services' origin. Right to restrict others from manufacturing, selling, or importing the patented invention. Copyrighted works have the power to dictate their reproduction, creative works, circulation, public performance, and display.
Rights comes into existence Once the trademark gets registered the applicant of the mark can claim complete right over the said mark. Registration usually takes 12-18 months. Patent registration takes about 2-3 years in all. But the owner can stop anyone else from claiming right over a particular patent the moment he applies for provisional patent. Exclusive rights over the copyright are created the moment the authorship creates the work.




What is Copyright registration?

Copyright registration is the process of legally registering your creative work with the government in order to prevent unauthorized duplication, distribution, or performance.

What kind of works can be registered for copyright?

Copyright can be registered for literary, musical, dramatic, artistic, and other intellectual works.

Do I need to register my copyright in order to protect my work?

No, once your work has been created and fixed to a tangible medium of expression, copyright protection exists automatically. However, registration provides additional legal protection and benefits.

What are the benefits of registering my copyright?

Copyright registration provides a public record of your ownership of the work, the ability to sue for infringement, and eligibility for statutory damages and attorney fees.

Copyright obtained in India is only valid in India or across the world?

According to the Berne Convention, copyright acquired in India will be accorded the status of foreign workers, and copyright protection will be extended to all signatory nations.

Can I register a copyright for the work that has already been published in India?

Yes, you can register a copyright for a previously published work in India, provided that it meets the eligibility requirements.

Why KNAP Advisory?

KNAP Advisory is India's preeminent online legal services provider, offering simplified and trouble-free solutions to businesses and corporations. From company registration to IPR protection, we simplify business management and protection.

KNAP Advisory can assist you with the registration of your brand name, the filing of your patent, and the copyright protection of your work in India. If you require assistance with the registration of your intellectual property, please contact our expert at +91-93119-72982 or drop us an mail at [email protected]

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