What is Copyright? Who are eligible to apply for the Application?


Privacy is a megacorp these days, that it has become elementary to protect one’s work through copyright.

Indian Constitution has provided Indian Copyright Act 1957, to mud hook the interest of people who would like to copyright their work. This act has seen various amendments till now with the changing scenario.

In the following let us educate ourselves to understand the basics of copyright.

Q. What is Copyright?

A. Copyright is just like an intellectual property protection under Indian law to the creators of original works of authorship such as literary, artistic works.

Q. What works are registered under the copyright act?

A. As per Indian Copyright Act, works that are registered under the said act are:
• Literary
• Dramatic
• Musical
• Artistic
• Sound Recordings
• Cinematographic films

Q. Are titles and names protected by copyright?

A. Copyright does not protect the titles, names, short word combinations, slogans, short phrases, plots, methods or any anything factual. In case you are planning to protect your work, it must be original.

Q. Who can file a copyright application?

A. Individual who is the rightful author or owner or legal heir can file an application for registration of copyright of their work.

Q. What is the stint of Copyright protection in India?

A. The stint of copyright varies depending on the type of work.

In case of literary, musical or artistic work other than photographs have a duration which extends through a lifetime of the author and addition of 60 years from which the author dies.

If the work has not been published, performed or offered for sale during the lifetime of the author the copyright protection shall continue for a period 60 years from the end of the year in which any of these acts are done related to work.

Cinematograph films, photographs, and computer programme are protected for 60 years from the year in which work was made to the public with the consent of the owner of the copyright or published work for 60 years from the end of the year in which the work is made. Sound recordings are protected for a span of 60 years from the end of the year in which the recording was first published.

We at Centrik, have been in registration and compliance for last 5 years. Though we tried our best to penlight the basics of copyright; in case of any further queries you can write to us at support@centrik.in


Note – Please note that the above article is for education purpose only. This is based on our interpretation of laws which may differ person to person. Readers are expected to verify the facts and laws.

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