Intellectual Property Services

Copyright Registration India

Copyright safeguards creativity. Creativity is the keystone of progress. Social and economic development of a society is dependent on creativity. The protection provided by copyright to the efforts of artists, writers, designers, musicians, dramatists, architects and producers of sound recordings, computer software, cinematography films, ad films, animation films, creates an atmosphere conducive to creativity, which induces them to create more and motivate others to create.
IP Consultants, Copyright infringement lawyers and Copyright Attorneys at Zwapall are thorough on Indian copyright laws and can assist a copyright holder in registering, protecting, managing and enforcing his rights.

What are the different kinds of Copyright?

Any publication work such as Catalogues, brochures, Literary work/books, Speeches, photographs, CDs and Computer Programs/ Software/ Software codes, Websites, Animation Cartoons, 3D Animation Films & Movies, etc., can be registered as CopyRight.

The color combination, style of writing & get up of the brand name, logo, or label, product wrapper can be registered as Copyright.

Why should I register Copyright India?

If you have worked for something then you need to protect it. Copyright your creations to protect your logo design, artistic work,  books,  software, films, song or music, animation, ad film, etc. This helps you to promote your creations in a competitive market and also to monetise it. Otherwise, your creations will be pirated thereby causing a heavy fall in your profitability. It is suggested to protect your investment by registering your work under the Copyright Act without delay.

The validity of the Copyright Registration India:

It is valid for min.60 years and max Lifetime + 50 years. Copyright need not be renewed. Literary & artistic works will be valid in 178 countries out of 195 countries.

How long it will take to register?

From the time Copyright Office India receives the application, it will start processing. Time taken by the Copyright Office for processing applications is around 3 months - 10 months.

Is Copy Right infringement a criminal offense?

Yes. Any person who knowingly infringes or abets the infringement of the Copyright in any work commits a criminal offense under Sec. 63 of the Copyright Act. 1957.

What are the punishments for a criminal offense under the Copyright law?

The minimum punishment of infringement of Copyright is imprisonment not less than six months with the minimum fine of Rs.50,000/-. In case of a second conviction the minimum punishment is for one year and a fine of Rs. 1 lakh.

What all civil remedies available for the owner of Copyright?

  • Obtaining an injunction against the infringer
  • Seizing infringing copies and equipment’s used for printing
  • Claim heavy damages.

Stages involved in Copyright registration.

Stage 1

Preparing necessary documents and filing the same with the Copyright Office, New Delhi.

Stage 2

After Stage I, the Registry might raise its own objection and seek a reply from the applicant.

Stage 3

If the Registrar is convinced with the submissions, the applicant’s work will be published in the Gazette.

Stage 4

After publishing the work in the Gazette, they will wait for a few months.

Stage 5

If no opposition is filed by anyone, the Certificate will be issued and you will be the exclusive owner of the work.


  • 3 copies of your work.
  • Name, Age, Father’s name, address, and nationality of the Applicant.
  • Nature of the Applicant's interest in the copyright of the work.
  • Language of the Work.
  • Description of the work.
  • Title of the work.
  • Details regarding the prior publication of the work.
  • Power of Authorization to Copyright Attorney.
  • Official fees & professional charges (to be paid at the time of entrusting the work )
  • No objection from parties who may have the right in the work. Eg: Pulisher?  

Copyright Offices:

  • Copyright Office Delhi, Govt. of India:

    Registrar of Copyrights,
    4th Floor, Jeevan Deep Building,
    Parliament Street,
    New Delhi - 110001

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