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Do we need to register a copyright?

Do we need to register a copyright?

No. Acquisition of copyright is automatic and it does not require any formality of registration. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created. The office in charge of copyright registration is Copyright Office, 4th Floor, Jeevan Deep Building, Parliament Street, New Delhi 110001.

The Indian copyright law protects literary works, dramatic works, musical works, artistic works, cinematograph films and sound recordings.

Copyright of nationals of countries who are members of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, Universal Copyright Convention and the TRIPS Agreement are protected in India through the International Copyright Order.

Intellectual property rights can be defined as the rights given to people over the creations of their minds. They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her creations for a certain period of time.

Intellectual property rights are traditionally divided into two main categories –

  • Copyright and rights related to copyright
  • Industrial property

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