Copyright Registration in India - An overview
By law, copyright is the legal right entitled to creators of literary, dramatics, music, and artistic work and producers of films and recordings. Copyright registration in India grants its proprietor exclusive, sole rights to distribute, replicate, reproduce the work or give authorization to another entity for the same. It offers a bundle of rights - communication to the public, rights of reproduction, adaptation and translation of the work.
Why register a copyright in India? Benefits
Getting copyrights for books, music pieces, movies, photography, software programs, etc. gives the author the following benefits:
- When the work gets copyrighted, it is made available free on the public records, thereby creating the ownership.
- In the case of copyright infringement, the authors can sue the infringers to secure their work and claim statutory damages
- The owners can record the registration with Indian customs and prevent importing duplicate copies
- Any by-product or derivative can be made from the original registered work
- The rights can be passed or sold to third-party with no objection
- Copyright protection enables the owners to exhibit their work