he author of an original work, as you would expect, has complete rights to his/her work. This right is known as a copyright and its owner has exclusive rights to copy or reproduce the work or grant permission to another to do so. A copyright applies to books, manuscripts, music, photographs, movies and even software. Basically, any original audio, visual and textual content is granted a copyright the moment it is created.
As you may notice, a copyright is conferred upon its author the moment the work is created. Then why go through the trouble of a copyright registration at all? But it does make sense to do so. The main reason for this is that the courts will not accept any suit of copyright infringement if a copyright is not registered. This means that, in case your brand or content is copied, you have no legal recourse unless you have registered the copyright. Therefore, businesses and commercial artists find it beneficial to register a copyright.
The registration of a copyright is simple, but the entire process will take over a year to complete. This is because the Registrar of Copyrights needs to be clear that yours is an original work. The steps for copyright registration are as follows:
An application, with all details of the work, is to be filed with the Registrar of Copyrights in New Delhi. The relevant fees, which range from Rs. 500 for text to Rs. 4000 for film, must be paid, in the form of a demand draft. A diary number is assigned to this application.
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