“Copyright” is a form of protection provided to the authors of”original works” and includes such things as literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual inventions, both published and unpublished. Copyright does not protect ideas. It only protects the specific and authentic expression of the thought. Copyright is a type of intellectual property protection granted under the Copyright Act 1957.
Copyright is an exclusive right and provides its founder, or proprietor if the rights are offered, the only right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute and sell any copies of their copyrighted work, to perform or display the copyrighted work publicly.
Process Involved In Getting Copy Right
- The application with complete details is Registered Together with the Copy Right Office
- Thereafter, the application is examined and objections, if any, are raised thereto
- The Certification is issued from the copyright Division Following the objections, if any, are Eliminated to the satisfaction of the Section
The process of obtaining the certificate of copyright in India takes about 12 months
It is not necessary under the Copyright Act to register with the Copyright Office for copyright protection.
Registration of the work is however highly recommended because such enrollment is helpful in an infringement lawsuit. As per the Copyright Act, the register of copyrights (in which the details of the work are entered registration) is prima facie evidence of the particulars entered therein.