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Copyright Protection - Tips and Tricks to Do It Right

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26th Apr 2013
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A copyright is a type of intellectual property protection that covers works of art and similar things. This includes writing, illustrations, music, films, and just about any other artistic expression of ideas or concepts. Copyright is an automatic right. It may not be registered. However, registration of copyright paves an easier way in cases of infringement in order to determine creator of the work.

Website layouts, source codes, graphical user interfaces; all form a part of copyrights. In India, Copyright Act, 1957 and the Copyright Rules, 1958 provides safeguards for copyright protection.

Here are some free tools to use for copyrights.

For Free Search

1) Search Portal, India:


2) Search Portal, USA:


Professional Help

A Trademark Agent or a Trademark Attorney is licensed to represent a client before the State (Copyright Office and Offices of that state).

Secure Your Rights

Copyrights protect important aspects of a website or an application.

The following may be protected under copyright law:

  • Literary works (e.g., written works, graphical user interfaces, website layouts, source codes of computer programs)
  • Dramatic works (e.g.,. scripts for films and dramas)
  • Musical works (e.g., melodies)
  • Artistic works (e.g., paintings, photographs)
  • Published editions of the above works
  • Presentations
  • Business Plan
  • Brochures
  • Sound recordings
  • Films and movies
  • Television and radio broadcasts
  • Television programmes
  • Performances

How to determine infringement?

Keep a tab on the market; people in similar or allied fields. Be extremely cautious while outsourcing your ‘creative’ work or while hiring a contractor. Copyright resides with the creator or author. Hence, legal agreements need to be pre-decided in order to allow transfer of copyright before expiration of contract. Agree with contract workers, before hands.


© - copyright, upon creation of original matter

Read how to protect your trademark & patent. Also read our other article on IP here.

About the author

Chirag Tanna is a registered patent agent and Director at INK IDEE. INK IDEE is a leading Intellectual Property Rights' (IPR) boutique firm that manages all forms of IPR related queries, focusing specially on trademark and patents across various industries and sectors. INK IDEE also has a 'start-up' arm that diligently helps start-ups and entrepreneurs with IPR related advice and services, across the globe.

You can reach Chirag Tanna for any IPR related questions on the website www.inkidee.com, or at chirag@inkidee.com.

LinkedIn Profile: Chirag Tanna

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