Copyright, a buzz word surrounding many conversations, but what is it? It is the rights that restrict others from using our created work without your approval or permission. An important point to note here is that copyrights exist the moment you create some work and it gets fixed in a perceptible medium of expression. Copyright registration covers everything whether you have written it, painted it, filmed it or recorded it. Owner of Copyright have exclusive rights i.e., right to reproduce the work, to lend or give away copy of work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, even to sell them copies. The owner of Copyright can also transfer ownership of such right to any other person. The moment you convert your idea into reality, you have a copyright on that. Copyright protects expressions of ideas, but the ideas themselves are not protected.
Whereas when it comes to copyright registration, it means you file something with Indian Copyright office which tells them about you, your work, who made it and when the work was created. Registrations of Copyright serve as evidential in the court of law against the infringer. Separate applications for Registration of Copyright should be made for each work.
The Copyright Act came into effect from January 1958. Post-its creation, this act has been added 5 times for various reasons. Of these, Copyright Act 2012 is the most substantial one. Separate applications should be made for registration of each work. Copyright registration is valid for 60 years plus a life time of the author/artist who created the work.
Copyright registration enables you to take legal action against the infringer; also, it creates the public record of ownership .If the copyright is registered just after the creation of the work or before it is infringed by an unauthorized user then legally the copyright holder.
Usually, copyright is held by the creator of the work however, it may be one by the employer of the creator, they are also transferable. Copyright becomes an integral part of protecting your work and making people aware of the ownership of your work.
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