Scope of copyright registration and protection

The Copyright Act, 1957 limits unauthorized usage of any original bookish, musical, dramatic, sound recordings, cinematograph, and other artistic works. Both published and unpublished works can be copyrighted, and the copyright of the original work is held for the original creator. 

If the work to be registered is unpublished, a copy of the book has to be sent along with the application for attaching the stamp of the Copyright Office in proof of the work having been registered. In case 2 copies of the book are sent, one copy of the same duly stamped will be returned, while the other will be held, as far as possible, in the Copyright Office for record and will be held confidential. It would also be open to the candidate to send only quotes from the unpublished work rather of the whole book and ask for the return of the quotes after being stamped with the authorization of the Copyright Office. When a work has been registered as unpublished and finally it is published, the candidate may apply for modifications in particulars entered in the Register of Copyright in Form 5 with the directed fee.

All kinds of bookish and artistic works can be copyrighted, you can also register a copyright application for your website or another computer program. Computer Software or programs can be registered as a ‘literary work’. As per Section 2 of the Copyright Act, 1957 “literary work” comprises computer programs, tables, and compilations, including computer databases. ‘Source Code’ has also to be provided along with the application for certification of the copyright for software products. Copyright protection limits the excessive generation of private products or works and ensures the individual owner holds vital rights over his creation.

Copyright protection of original bookish, musical, dramatic, and artistic works continues for the entire lifetime of the author. When the author dies the following 60 years after his death also no one can copy his or her content, logo, brand, etc.