What is Copyright Registration?

Copyright Registration refers to the process of getting your “work” registered with the National Copyright Office. Upon completion of this process, the relevant copyright office grants you a Registration Certificate which is a prima facie proof of the validity of your ownership over your work. Both literary as well as artistic works can be registered as copyright. Literary work includes books, research articles, journals, etc. while Artistic works include images, photographs, three dimensional artworks, etc. Copyright registration is although not mandatory, but since it’s the prima facie proof your ownership of the work and can be a very effective tool to enfore your right both online as well as offline.

Three Step Registration

  • Fill up the Registration Questionnaire
  • Make Payment
  • Get your work registered

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USA Copyright Registration

Get your work officially registered with the United States Copyright Office professionally through our experts.

£200 + Govt.Fee*

Indian Copyright

Get your work registered with Indian Copyright Office professionally with the help of our experts.

£125 + Govt.Fee*

Copyright Registration Service

What all you get?
  • Copyright originality Search
  • Filing Preparation
  • Tracking and monitoring of application Post application
  • Regular Follow-ups with National Copyright Office
  • Post registration Maintenance

FAQs on Copyright Registration

Can a work which is in public domain be copyrighted?

No, a work which is already in public domain cannot be copyrighted. Anything which is in public domain, no exclusivity can be claimed over the same but can be used by everybody.

How is Copyright different from Patent and Trademark?

Copyright protects the original work of authorship be it literary or artistic work, while a patent protects the inventions. Idea and discoveries are not protected by Copyright, but the manner in which they are expressed can be protected. Trademark protects symbols, words, phrases shape of goods or designs identifying the source of the goods and services of one party distinguishing the same from another.

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a unique kind of intellectual property right that vests its author an exclusive right over the copyrighted work. It basically protects literary and artistic works like books and images. It protects the form and not the idea. It is an exclusive right to do or authorize other to do certain acts in relation to;
Literary, dramatic or musical works;
Artistic works;
Cinematography films; and
Sound recording.

What are different types of work covered under Copyright?

Works commonly protected by copyright throughout the world include:
literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspaper articles;
computer programs, databases;
films, musical compositions, and choreography;
artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture;
architecture; and
Advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.
This list is not exhaustive. Copyright protection only extends to expression and not the idea, procedure, methods of operations or mathematical concepts as such. Copyright may or may not be available for a number of objects such as titles, slogans, or logos, depending on whether they contain sufficient authorship.

What does Copyright Registration means?

Copyright registration is a legal protection afforded to the work of the author. It is to place a verified date and content of the work on the Government record so that in the case of a dispute relating to the original author, copyright infringement or plagiarism, the true author can produce the original work records and prove the claim.

What is the procedure to be followed for registering a Copyrighted material?

Every country has its own regulations and systems for registering a copyright, but normally an application for registration is filed in a prescribed form with a prescribed fees, where each work should have a separate application to get registered and it should be duly signed by the author or any other appointed person by showing relevant documents.

What are the rights conferred upon the Registrant?

The Copyright owner can reproduce the literary, dramatic or artistic work, issue copy of the work to the public, perform the work in public, make any cinematograph film or sound recording, make any translation, make adaptation and also can sell or give the work on hire. The author can stop others from exploiting the work of the author without the consent or the license. He can also exploit the work himself or license others to exploit any one or more rights for a consideration which may be in the form of a royalty, a lump-sum payment. These and other benefits are conferred upon the author by way of the registration.

Where can the application for registration be filed?

Every country has their own Copyright offices. The application can be filed either by sending the documents by post to that office or by filing the same online in the prescribed form and followed by prescribed fee.

Is Registration compulsory?

Normally Copyright comes into existence as soon as the work is created. Countries may be part of some or the other International Organizations and according to the provisions of that Organization, the work also gets protection in other member countries. However, it is beneficial to register your work and obtain a Certificate for any further proof in case of legal claim pertaining to authorship.

How long does it take to get it registered?

The process varies from country to country but usually, an appropriate application is filed online or by post to the respective Registry and then the Registrar checks the Application. Your application might also get objected which being examined in light of originality. After relevant evidence have been produced, the Registrar may decide and go with the Application process. This may take up to 3 or 4 months. However, proper submissions of documents from the author is a key for the smooth registration process.

How long does the Copyright Protection last?

The duration for Copyrighted work depends upon the nature of the subject matter and jurisdiction in which the work is published. Countries which are the member of Berne Convention usually provide protection equal to or longer than 50 years after the creator’s death. A longer period of protection, however, can be granted by the national offices.

Is the Copyrighted work protected in all the countries?

No, that depends upon the specific relations of your country with other countries. If your country is a member of any international treaty, then your work will automatically be protected in those member countries as well.

Who can file a Copyright Application?

Any individual who is the true author or rights holder can file an Application in the prescribed manner. Any assignee or legal heir can file an Application for Copyright.

What protection is available for Computer Program and Software Programs?

Computer programs and software programs are considered as ‘literary work’ and thus, normally are protected under the same heading in all countries. As they are ‘literary work’ they automatically get registration without getting them registered. However, the registration process may vary according to nations.

Advantages of Copyright Registration

Paperless and Cost Effective

US copyright office provides for a completely paper free copyright filing. Proper submission of the work along with the requisite nominal fee can fetch you ownership over your work very easily. Thus the filing done by our professionals is less time taking and very cost effective. We will also handle the objections and clarifications sought by the office on a timely basis and will remain with you till the time registration is granted.

Supplements DMCA Takedown Claims

Procuring a copyright registration from the National Copyright Registry can increase the chances of a successful DMCA Takedown by up to 50% depending upon the strength of your case. Many ISPs don’t usually get convinced regarding the ownership of copyright unless you have some proof of it. Attaching a copyright registration certificate as an evidence of your copyright ownership almost guarantees a successful outcome.

Long Period of Protection

A copyright on a literary work remains for a period of life of its author plus fifty years after his death as per the Berne Convention, which is the International Treaty on Copyright ratified by almost all the nations of the world. Therefore, you practically have to forget about the exclusivity after you have filed and procured registration over the work. For this reason, there is no maintenance required. You can register your updated content also as and when you wish.

Why you choose us?

Undaunted Passion for the Discipline

The basic source of our team’s strength and commitment lies in our dedication towards the discipline. Almost all of our team members exclusively have specialized in the field of Intellectual Property Rights and are passionate to deliver their best in terms of services.

Young Team of Professionals

Our team comprises of a group of skilled and young professionals who are capable of handling several tasks in an impeccable manner. Our young team of professionals specializes in the discipline of Intellectual Property Rights and has been delivering time bound results without compromising with the quality of the work. Our ambitions are driven by the idea of success which we believe rests in our client’s level of satisfaction with our work.

Global Network of Clients

Our client base has no geographical boundaries. For the last three years, we have been working with clients based in the regions like North America, South America, Australia, Europe and several South Asian Nations. Our global reach established via international networking in such a short period of time is purely a result of high level commitment towards our work and client satisfaction which we have garnered through the quality of our work.

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Lex Protector helped us file several trademarks and copyright. They were easy to reach, always available and were quick to understand the legal requirements of our business. Recommended!

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CEO, Scilent Action, USA

I was very happy with their work, they successfully had links removed under the DMCA Takedown processes on several websites, it was very cost effective and stress free way to protect our brand.

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CMO, IXLD Media Inc, Canada

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