Requirements and Procedure for Copyright in India. Copyright is designed as the right of an original piece of work owned by an individual. It is fixed in a medium of expression letting the copyright holder exclusively reproduce, perform, distribute and display the work. The original creator and the person who obtained rights to the work can register a copyright on the same.
Taking a cue from the English Copyright Act of 1911, the first ever Copyright Act was enacted in 1914. Once the country achieved independence, Copyright Act, 1957 was enacted and has seen amendments being made to it six times, the last being in 2012.
Requisites for filing a copyright application:
1. Name, address and nationality of the applicant
2. Name, address and nationality of the author of the work
3. Nature of applicant’s interest in the copyright i.e. OWNER / LICENSEE etc.
4. Title of the work
5. A declaration signed by the author (if different from the applicant)
6. Language of the work
7. Whether the work is published or unpublished
8. If the work is published, year and country of first publication and name, address and nationality of the publisher
9. Year and countries of subsequent publications, if any
10. Name, address and nationality of any other person authorized to assign or license the rights in the copyright
11. Power of attorney for the firm
12. Six hard copies of the work and three soft copies
13. (For computer programs – 3 copies of the program on CD ROMs.)
a. The application with complete details and copies of the work is filed
b. Thereafter, the application is examined and objections, if any, are raised, or any extra documents required are requested
c. A response has to be filed within 30 days
d. The certificate is issued by the copyright office after the objections, if any, are removed to the satisfaction of the Copyright Registry