Procedure for registering the Copyright in India

Step 1: Application for Registration-

Filing of an application along with prescribed details. For registration of each work, a separate application must be filed with the registrar along with the particulars of the work. Along with this, the requisite fee must also be given.

Step 2: Objection-

After 30 days of filing an application and examination, registrar may raise an objection. In case no objections are raised, the applicant is allowed to go forward with the next step.

Step 3: Reply-

In case objections are raised, by someone against the applicant, letters are sent out to both parties and they are called to be heard by the registrar. If the objection is raised; it has to be rectified within 30 days.

Step 4: Grant-

Once completely satisfied with the copyright claim made by the applicant; the Registrar of Copyrights would enter the details of the copyright into the register of copyrights and issue a certificate of registration. Copyright may be approved on the basis of given replies.

Once the copyright application is submitted at the Copyright Registrar, the inventor/author can start using the copyright symbol © along with their work, which can take up to 18 months to be approved.

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