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What is Copyright?

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, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work. Copyright ensures certain minimum safeguards of the rights of authors over their creations, thereby protecting and rewarding creativity.
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 law with reference to dispute relating to ownership of copyright.
Copyright in published literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work shall subsist within lifetime until sixty (60) years from the death of the author.
That before filing an application for the registration of Copyright an Application on Form TM-C has to be made to the Registrar of Trademark for obtaining the Search Certificate. Thereafter an Application for registration of Copyright is to be made on Form XIV (Including Statement of Particulars and Statement of Further Particulars) as prescribed in the first schedule to the Rules.

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