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Pankaj Tyagi
| Updated: 10 Sep, 2020 | Category: Copyright

Check out the Documents Required For the Copyright Registration

Documents For Copyright Registration

If you wish to protect your work from illegal access and unauthorized takeover, then copyright registration is the way to go. The best part is that Copyright registration is a one-time process. That means once your work is covered under copyright law, you never need to roam around the authorities to renew it every year. It has lifetime validity and provides comprehensive protection to your work against illegal access or infringement practices. This article will unveil the list of the Documents required for the copyright registration.

Those who avail the copyright registration are legally authorized to reproduce, distribute, and display their copyrighted work. They also have the right to encourage others to follow the same path. It’s important to keep in mind that copyright law has limited applicability and its only safeguards “original works of authorship” available in the tangible form.

Documents Required For the Copyright Registration

Documents Required For the Copyright Registration

There are different types of documents required for different copyright registration. Those are as follows:-

Artistic Work

  • Two copies of the work seeking copyright registration
  • IPO* or Demand draft for paying applicable fees as per the nature of the work.
  • No objection certificate from the author if the applicant and author is a different person.
  • Publisher’s NOC if the applicant doesn’t bear any bonding with the publisher and published work.
  • Search certificate issued by the trademark office (TM-60) if the work can be utilized on the goods.
  • NOC of the person who wishes to publish his/her photos on the work.
  • If the attorney is filing the registration application, then, in that case, the attorney must accept the applicant’s power of attorney. A power of attorney must enclose the signature of the applicant.

What is IPO?

IPO stands for Indian postal order which is regarded as one of the popular means to submit fees related to filling different governmental applications. Previously, IPO was not available at the majority of the post office branches. Many citizens[1] consider this disparity a severe issue and wish that it could be resolved as soon as possible. Fortunately, government authorities look into the matter and rolled out an online portal to settle the issue.

Cinematograph Film

  • Two copies of work seeking copyright registration.
  • IPO or Demand draft for addressing applicable fees as per the work’s nature.
  • No objection certificate of the copyright holders or deed of assignment.
  • Publisher’s NOC if the applicant is connected with the publisher and published work.
  • If the attorney is appointed to file the registration application, then in that case, the applicant must furnish a power of attorney to the attorney. A power of attorney must enclose the signature of the applicant.

Read our article:Copyright Registration in India – Process, Requirements and Duration

Music

  • Two copies of graphical notes
  • IPO or Demand draft to pay the applicable fees as per the nature of the work.
  • No objection certificate from the copyright holders or deed of assignment.
  • Publisher’s NOC if the applicant doesn’t bear any bonding with the publisher and published work.
  • If the attorney is filing the registration application, then, in that case, the attorney must accept the applicant’s power of attorney. A power of attorney must enclose the signature of the applicant.

Literary/Dramatic

  • Two copies of work.
  • IPO (Indian postal order) or Demand draft (DD) for paying applicable fees based on the nature of the work.
  • No objection certificate from the copyright holders or deed of assignment.
  • Publisher’s NOC if the applicant doesn’t bear any bonding with the publisher and published work.
  • If the registration application is being filed by the attorney then in that case, attorney must accept the power of attorney by the applicant. A power of attorney must enclose the signature of the applicant.

Sound Recording

  • Two copies of work.
  • IPO or Demand draft for paying applicable fees as per the nature of the work.
  • No objection certificate from the copyright holders or deed of assignment.
  • Publisher’s NOC if the applicant doesn’t bear any bonding with the publisher and published work.
  • If the registration application is being filed by the attorney then in that case, attorney must accept the power of attorney by the applicant. A power of attorney must include the applicant’s signature.

Software

  • Two copies of work.
  • Source code and object code of the software for verification.
  • IPO or Demand draft for paying applicable fees as per the nature of the work.
  • No objection certificate from the copyright holders or deed of assignment.
  • Publisher’s NOC if the applicant is not directly associated with publisher and published work.
  • If the registration application is being filed by the attorney, then in that case, attorney must accept the power of attorney by the applicant. A power of attorney must enclose the signature of the applicant.

Once you successfully arrange the Documents required for the copyright registration, log in to the online portal (copyright.gov.in) and click the option called “Click for online Copyright Registration.” Next, fill up Form XIV with the requested detail and upload the scanned copy of your signature. After completing the remaining on-screen prerequisite, the portal will generate the Diary Number for future reference. The applicant is required to send a hard copy of the acknowledgment slip and Copyright Registration Form to the issuance authority via courier.

Conclusion

It is clear from the information above that you won’t be required to arrange the massive pile of documents for copyright registration. The risk of infringement is considerably high in the case of innovative and distinctive products, something that holds a significant value.

To protect the work from the preying eye of infringers, one should always opt for the copyright registration. Such registration puts the infringement activities at the bay and allows the artist or owner to focus on their work. Also, it improves the credibility of tangible items.

Read our article:8 Incredible Benefits of Copyright Registration in India

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Pankaj Tyagi

Pankaj has a diverse experience of writing research papers, blog, and articles during his college time. Earlier, he was working as a tax consultant in a financial firm, but his interest in writing drives him to pursue a career in the writing field.

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