Copyright Registration in India

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₹ 6999/-

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for Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic work & Sound Recordings
  • Expert Consultation

  • Power of Attorney (TM-48)

  • Drafting & Filing of Copyright Application Online

  • Hard copies to the Copyright Registry

  • Call, Chat(WA),& Email Support

  • Frequent Updates through your filingbee account


₹ 10999/-

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for audiovisual, cinematograph film, software
  • Expert Consultation

  • Power of Attorney (TM-48)

  • Drafting & Filing of Copyright Application Online

  • Hard copies to the Copyright Registry

  • Call, Chat(WA),& Email Support

  • Frequent Updates through your filingbee account


₹ 17999/-

All-inclusive Price
for Copyright Registration & TRademark Registration1
  • Expert Consultation

  • Power of Attorney (TM-48)

  • Drafting & Filing of Copyright Application Online

  • Hard copies to the Copyright Registry

  • Drafting & Filing of Trademark Application Online

  • Call, Chat(WA),& Email Support

  • Frequent Updates through your filingbee account

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  1. Price is applicable for Individuals/Startups, or MSME Recognised Entities. Other Companies/Firms shall pay an extra Govt. fee as applicable.

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We collect necessary information & documents for copyright registration.

Day 4-6


We draft everything needed in the preparation of a copyright application.

Day 7-14


We proceed to submit the Copyright application online and send hard copies of payment and forms to the Copyright registry.



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Copyright registry may take 12 months to process the application.

Copyright Registration:
An Overview of Copyright Protection

A civilised society cannot ignore the basic requirement of fostering creativity since it is the hallmark of progress. A society’s economic and social development depends on creativity. Copyrighting their work stimulates creative workers by copyright, which induces them to create more and motivates others to do the same. Copyright Registration provides an extra layer of protection and prevents infringement.

By law, a copyright is granted to the authors and producers of literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works and cinematograph films and sound recordings. They are a bundle of rights that include, among others, reproduction, communication, adaptation, and translation of the work. Copyrights arise automatically with the creation of a work. No formalities are needed for acquiring copyright. Despite this, the official copyright registration certificate and the entries therein can serve as prima facie evidence in a court of law concerning any disputes about the ownership of copyright.

What is the importance of Copyright Registration?

Legal Protection

Registration of a work under copyright would serve as evidence that it belongs to the author and provide them with legal protection.

Provides branding and goodwill to the owner

A copyright certificate allows the maker and marketer to market their work and build a brand through the quality and reputation of their work.

Provides Licensing Right to the owner

The owner of the copyright has the right to grant licenses to others easily. Licensors and licensees execute a licensing agreement only when sufficient proof that the work belongs to the licensor.

Provides remuneration and royalty to the owner

If the protected work is translated, adapted, or edited, the owner is entitled to remuneration or royalties over translation, adaptation, or editing. A relevant example is the music industry and YouTube, where content is copied, or songs are used and remixed, or videos are made using the music.

Which are different works protected under copyright registration?

Literary Work

Literary works include but are not limited to textbooks, poems, magazines, catalogues, computer programmes, letters, novels, dissertations, lyrics of songs, etc.

Artistic Work

Any original artwork, including painting, sculpture, graphic, cartoon, etching, lithograph, photography, drawings, maps, diagrams, charts, architecture, models of buildings, moulds for sculptures, will be subject to copyright.

Cinematograph Film

“Cinematograph film” means any work of visual recording and includes a sound recording accompanying such visual recording, and “cinematograph” shall be construed as having any work produced by any process analogous to cinematography, including video films.

Dramatic Work

Dramatic works are also literary works, including pieces for recitation, theatrical arrangements, choreography, dumb shows, scenic designs, or performances based on fixed writing work. However, cinematographic films are not included.

Music Work

Musical works consist only of music and do not contain any lyrics or sound/voice. While the music work influences the sound recording work, a separate application must move with both musical work and sound recording to protect the work. To make a sound recording, the author must first obtain the permission of the music work’s author.

Sound Recording

Sound recordings include songs with or without music, a recording of a speech or audio, or podcasts. Any work that records sound, regardless of the medium on which it is stored, is included here. In cases where the sound recording also has music, the music author’s permission must be sought.

List of Documents Required for
Copyright Registration

Applicant Documents
  • Details of the Applicant

  • Name, Address & Nationality of the Applicant

  • Certificate of Registration (if Company or Firm)

Supporting Documents
  • Nature of the Applicant’s Interest in the Copyright
    i.e., the applicant is the author or any representative

  • Power of Attorney to file the application

  • Details and Copies of the Original Work

  • NOC from the author (if the applicant is not the author)

  • Publisher’s NOC if the work published and publisher is different from the applicant


*Search Certificate from Trade Mark Office (TM -60) if the work is being used on goods or capable of being used on the goods (if applicable)

**We will collect additional documents based on the information you provided to the filingbee.

Here Are Some Frequently Asked Questions

Copyright does not typically protect titles by themselves, names, short word combinations, slogans, short phrases, methods, plots, or factual information. Ideas and concepts are not covered by copyright. Work must be original to be protected by copyright.

No. There is no formal process involved with copyright acquisition. It is automatic. Copyright arises automatically when a work is created, and there is no standard procedure to be followed for obtaining it. If a copyright dispute arises, the registration certificate and entries will serve as prima facie evidence in court.

Yes. You can register both published and unpublished works. Copyright in works published before 21st January 1958, i.e., before the Copyright Act, 1957, can also be registered, provided the works still enjoy copyright.

According to general law, copyright lasts 60 years. When it comes to original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, the 60-year period begins the year after the author’s death. Suppose the work is a cinematograph film, sound recording, photograph, work of government, an international organisation, or work of a person who has died in the past 60 years. In that case, the period begins when it was first published.

Copyright subsists throughout India in the following classes of works:
  • Original literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works;
  • Cinematograph films; and
  • Sound recordings.

“Musical work” means any work as long as it contains music and any visual representations or graphical elements as long as there are no words or actions included in this work.

“Sound recording” refers to any recording of sounds in which sounds can be produced, regardless of where or how they are recorded. A phonogram and a CD-ROM are both sound recordings.

Cinematograph films are works produced by processes in which a moving image may be produced through any means, including the attachment of sound to such visual recordings, and “cinematograph” is construed as including any analogous work to cinematography, including video films.

The Website as a whole is not subject to copyright protection. Non-copyrightable content of websites might include, but not be limited to, ideas, plans, functional elements, unclaimable material, layout, format, or the feel of the webpage; or other common, unoriginal material like names, icons, and symbols.The applicant must submit a separate application for each component of work/content on the Website.

Yes. The owner of the copyright in an existing work or the prospective owner of the copyright in a future work may assign to any person the copyright either wholly or partially and either generally or subject to limitations and either for the whole term of the copyright or any part thereof.

Yes. Computer programmes are protected under the Copyright Act. They are treated as literary work.

The following are some of the commonly known acts involving infringement of copyright:
  • Making infringing copies for sale or hire or selling or letting them for hire;
  • Permitting any place for the performance of works in public where such performance constitutes an infringement of copyright;
  • Distributing infringing copies for trade or to such an extent to affect the interest of the owner of the copyright prejudicially;
  • Public exhibition of infringing copies by way of trade; and
  • Importation of infringing copies into India.

Copyright owners have exclusive rights to:
  • Reproduce and distribute the work to the public by the sale of copies or phonorecords or by licensing.
  • Make additions, modify the original work, display, or perform it and make it publicly accessible; and
  • Ensure that others cannot claim ownership or use the original work without the creator’s permission.

No. Unless otherwise agreed, a program created by an author while under an employment contract or apprenticeship shall be owned by the employer.

Intangible works such as ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, unwritten speeches, and so on cannot be protected by copyright.

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