Copyright Information

What is copyright?

Copyright (or author’s right) is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture, and films, to computer programs, Website, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.

In the recent decision, from 1st January 2020 all the Book Publishing houses, Distributing houses and Authors, those who fully own or partly own their copyright and/or would use the copyright symbol or having ISBN and /or ISBN barcode in their Book has to mandatorily obtain a certificate of Copyright from INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ORGANIZATION (ICRIPRO), if the Book has been published internationally more than one country or in any international Platform.

INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ORGANIZATION (ICRIPRO) will strictly look after every copyright violation and will also look after the unfair trade practices or malpractices by Publishing and distributing houses. A proper record of Royalty payment for each and every Author against their Copyright certificate has to be given and would be updated to INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ORGANIZATION (ICRIPRO).

Also, the website running in International Platforms should also obtain their Copyright registration certificate from INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ORGANIZATION (ICRIPRO).

What can be protected using copyright?

According to INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ORGANIZATION (ICRIPRO), works commonly protected by copyright throughout the world include:

  • literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspaper articles;
  • computer programs, databases, website;
  • films, musical compositions, and choreography;
  • artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture;
  • architecture; and
  • Advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.

Copyright protection extends only to expressions, and not to ideas, procedures, and methods of operation 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 rights does copyright give me? What are my rights as the author of a work?

There are two types of rights under copyright:

  • economic rights, which allow the rights owner to derive financial reward from the use of their works by others; and
  • moral rights, which protect the non-economic interests of the author.

Most copyright laws state that the rights owner has the economic right to authorize or prevent certain uses in relation to a work or, in some cases, to receive remuneration for the use of their work (such as through collective management). The economic rights owner of a work can prohibit or authorize:

  • its reproduction in various forms, such as printed publication or sound recording;
  • its public performance, such as in a play or musical work;
  • its recording, for example, in the form of compact discs or DVDs;
  • its broadcasting, by radio, cable or satellite;
  • its translation into other languages; and
  • its adaptation, such as a novel into a film screenplay.

Examples of widely recognized moral rights include the right to claim authorship of a work and the right to oppose changes to a work that could harm the creator’s reputation.

Can I register copyright?

In the majority of countries, and according to the Berne Convention, copyright protection has to be obtained from INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ORGANIZATION (ICRIPRO) through its agencies or partners if the copyrightable work has been published internationally more than one country or in any international Platform.

Most countries nonetheless have a system in place to allow for the voluntary registration of works. Such voluntary registration systems can help solve disputes over ownership or creation, as well as facilitate financial transactions, sales, and the assignment and/or transfer of rights, but it is limited to its own state.

Please note that INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ORGANIZATION (ICRIPRO) is the only organization to provide a Copyright certificate with unique alphanumeric digits containing in four boxes.