What is copyright? Why get copyright protected?

Copyright protects artistic and literary works which are original. In most countries, including India Copyright protection is not dependent on registration; it arises automatically as soon as the work is recorded in some material form.

Copyright owners have the exclusive statutory right to exercise control over copying and other exploitation of the works for a specific period of time, after which the work is said to enter the public domain. Uses covered under limitations and exceptions to Copyright , such as fair use, do not require permission from the Copyright owner. All other uses require permission. Copyright owners can license or permanently transfer or assign their exclusive rights to others.

Copyright protects “expression of idea”, not the idea itself. India is a member of TRIPS and Berne Convention, therefore the Copyright protected in the countries under these treaties, is also protected in India, as well.

Services we provide

We assist clients in :

Preparing and prosecuting applications for Copyright registration.

Enforcement Copyright issues.

Handling transactional issues involving rights clearances and acquisitions.

Negotiating and drafting outsourcing and other agreements related to copyrighted software.

Requirements for filing

We assist clients in :

Name, address and Nationality of the Applicant (s) and/or Author (s)

Title of the work

Year and Country of First Publication

Year and Country of Last Publication

List of all countries in which the work has been published

Six copies of the work, if published, else three copies

Power of Attorney

No objection from author, if different from applicant