maintained in the Copyright Office. While minor corrections and changes in particulars entered
in the Register can be made by the Registrar, only the Copyright Board is empowered to expunge
any entries made in the register on an application by the Registrar or any person aggrieved.
Procedure for Registration of Copyright: As per Section 45 of the Copyright Act, 1957 either the
author or publisher or owner of copyright or any other person interested in the copyright of a
work can make an application in the prescribed format along with prescribed fee to the Registrar
of Copyrights for entering particulars of the work in the Register. The Copyright Office provides
registration facilities to all types of works and the applications for registration of works can be
sent to Copyright Office postally and online.
Modernization of Copyright Office: The e-filing facility was started in 2014 and a new logo of
Copyright with newly designed certificate is being used. Digitization of copyright records is
under process and about 6.00 lakh Register of Copyrights have been scanned and will be
There is a quasi-judicial body Copyright Board which was constituted in 1958 and had been
functioning on a part-time basis. The jurisdiction of the Copyright Board extends to the whole of
the country. The Board is entrusted with the task of adjudication of disputes pertaining to
copyright registration and assignment of copyright, rectification of registration, grant of
compulsory licences in respect of works withheld from public, unpublished Indian works, for
benefit of physically disabled persons, production and publication of translations and works for
certain specified purposes. The Copyright Board also determines and fixes rate of royalties for
statutory licences for cover versions and broadcasting of literary and musical works and sound
recordings. It also hears cases in other miscellaneous matters instituted before it under the Act.
The Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 provides for a three member permanent Copyright Board
consisting of a Chairman and two other members.