What is Copyright?

Copyright is the exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material. It is a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the exclusive right to make copies of a creative work, allowed for a limited time period.

What is Copyright Registration?

Copyrights protect your work from being replicated by anyone for a specified time period. It is always advisable to get your work registered once you produce that piece of document because it can be used as a proof in court if any dispute arises in future.

Who can be the owner of the copyright?

  • The real creator or originator of the content is eligible for the copyright registration.
  • A person claiming to have obtained the ownership rights from the creator of the original work.
  • An agent who has been authorized to act on behalf of the aforementioned people.

Which kind of work requires Copyright Registration?

Copyright ownership gives the owner the exclusive right to use the work, with some exceptions. When a person creates an original piece of work, fixed in a tangible medium, he or she automatically owns copyright to that work. Many types of works are eligible for copyright protection. Some examples are enlisted below:

  • Audiovisual works such as TV shows, movies, vlogs, and online videos.
  • Sound recordings and musical compositions.
  • Written works, such as lectures, articles, books, and musical compositions.
  • Visual works, such as paintings, posters, and advertisements.
  • Video games and computer software.
  • Dramatic works, such as plays and musicals, tableaus.

Usage of copyright protected work without infringing:

In some circumstances, it is possible to use a copyright-protected work without infringing the owner’s copyrigDht. It is important to note that your content can be removed in response to a claim of copyright infringement, even if you have:

  • Given credit to the originator or copyright owner.
  • Refrained from monetizing the infringing content.
  • Charged for a copy of the content in question.
  • Noticed similar content that appear elsewhere on the internet.
  • Purchased the content including a hard or soft copy of the work.
  • Recorded the content yourself from TV, a movie theater, or the radio.
  • Copied the content yourself from a textbook, a movie poster or a picture.
  • Stated that “no copyright infringement is intended”

Our procedure of copyright registration in Pakistan:

The creator intrigued by copyright in any work may make an application in endorsed structure joined by the recommended expense to the Registrar for entering points of interest of the work in Register of Copyrights. For each work separate application must be recorded by the candidate. For enlistment of copyright the accompanying archives are required to be submitted to the Registrar of Copyrights.