Where I can file application for registration of copyright for a work?

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The Copyright Office has been set up to provide registration facilities to all types of works and is headed by a Registrar of Copyrights and is located at 4th Floor Jeevan Deep Building , New Delhi- 110 001. The applications for registration of works can be filled at the counter provided at the Copyright Office… Read more »

Is it necessary to register a work to claim copyright?

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No. Acquisition of copyright is automatic and it does not require any formality. Copyright comes into existence as soon as a work is created and no formality is required to be completed for acquiring copyright. However, certificate of registration of copyright and the entries made therein serve as prima facie evidence in a court of… Read more »

Does copyright apply to titles and names?

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Copyright does not ordinarily protect titles by themselves or names, short word combinations, slogans, short phrases, methods, plots or factual information. Copyright does not protect ideas or concepts. To get the protection of copyright a work must be original.

What is the scope of protection in the Copyright Act, 1957?

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The Copyright Act, 1957 protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and cinematograph films and sound recordings from unauthorized uses. Unlike the case with patents, copyright protects the expressions and not the ideas. There is no copyright protection for ideas, procedures, methods of operation or mathematical concepts as such (Please see Article 9.2. of… Read more »

What is copyright?

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Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. In fact, it is a bundle of rights including, inter alia, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work. There could be slight variations in… Read more »

What is copyright?

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Copyright is a right given to creator or owner of an artistic, literary or dramatic work to reproduce work for publication and performance in public.

Can an Idea be copyright?

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No, an idea which is not expressed in a tangible form is not protected under Copyright.

What work can be copyright protected?

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Any original work which is expressed in written form or in the form of a drawing or painting or any other form of expression except oral are eligible for copyright protection. Mere oral expression of an idea is not entitled for copyright protection.

Is the Copyright Registration mandatory?

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No, the copyright is an in built right which is available from the moment the work (literary, dramatic, artistic) came into existence.