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Copyright Act 1957
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What is a copyright: As per Section 14 of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, a Copyright means the exclusive right to do or to authorize others to do certain acts in relation to (1) literary, dramatic or musical works, not being a computer programme (2) computer programme (3) artistic work (4)cinematograph film and (5) sound recording.

Validity Period: A copyright shall subsist in any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work(other than a photograph) published within the lifetime of the author until sixty years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the author dies.

In case of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work (other than a photograph) which is published anonymously or pseudonymously, copyright shall subsist until sixty years from the calendar year next following the year in which the work is first published.

Filing Requirements:

  1. Name, address and nationality of the Applicant
  2. Nature of the Applicant’s interest in the copyright of the work
  3. Class and description of the work
  4. Title of the work
  5. Language of the work
  6. Name, address and nationality of the author and if the author is deceased, the date of his demise
  7. Year and country of the first publication of the work and the name address and nationality of the publisher
  8. Years and countries of the subsequent publication of the work and the names, address and nationalities of the publishers
  9. Names and addresses and nationalities of the owners of the various rights comprising the copyright in the work and the extent of rights held by each together with particulars of assignments and licenses, if any
  10. Names, addresses and nationalities of other persons, if any, authorized to assign or license the rights comprising the copyright
  11. If the work is an “artistic work”, the location of the original work, including name, address and nationality of the person in possession of the work.(In case of architectural work, the year of completion of the architectural work should also be shown)
  12. Remarks, if any