Copyrights of music in India

Last Updated at: Jul 03, 2020
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Copyrights of music in India

Music is a form of art that is tangible and intangible. Copyrighting a song can protect the rights of the creator and help them financially too. In this concise writeup, we discover the step by step process of registering any music for copyright and the punishment for infringing it.

Yes of course!! Anything and everything irrespective of its nature and kind can be obtained with copyright.  Copyright is generally when the originator has the exclusive right over their invention. For instance, when we look at music recently, Mr.Ilayaraja has s said that if his music is to be used in any films or anywhere, only if he permits it can be done. For example, if in a particular movie they want to play his music, he has to give his approval, therefore, his permission is a must. Film artists and musicians are unable to secure themselves financially like the actors or others in the film industry despite their brilliance, therefore, getting a copyright means they have right over their music.

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How Can We Copyright

There are many steps to copyright the music, not necessarily all of them copyright their music or any invention. When they want to make a wholesome money out of their music for of that matter, any invention can get a copyright, patent or get trademark rights.

Basic procedure:

  • The first thing is to record the song in a manner which is tangible
  • Register for an account at the copyright office or website
  • Paying the registration fee
  • Submitting the copy of the song to the council
  • The final step is to wait for the registration to be processed, these are the basic     general steps that has to be followed

Expiration of Copyright:

Copyright protection generally lasts for sixty years. In the case of original literary, music, artworks the sixty year period is counted from the year following the death of the author.

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Punishment for infringement:

When a person is committing a copyright infringement which is using the other person’s work or any other issues relating to copyright, it is considered to be a crime. The punishment may extend to imprisonment of up to three years(3) and the accused will also be liable to fine of up to two lakh rupees.

The registration is not mandatory but when issues arise in the court according to infringement or more than that we can use, it as a prima facie evidence in a court of law with reference to dispute relating to the owner of the copyright. This registration will serve as important evidence so that the case will be in favor of the real owner.

Singers rights

Section 38 of the Copyright act, as amended in 2012 recognizes performers rights where the commercially recorded song for 50 years from the beginning of the calendar year of next following year in which the performance is made. During this period, the performance or music cannot be recorded nor published without the assent of the performer.

The person has the right to receive royalty in case their performances or music are commercially utilised but when the singer signs over his rights to other person then royalty cannot be claimed in case someone has the copyright. Everyone except the copyright holder needs to get permission and pay royalty to the performer or owner of the music


 Anything can be copyrighted not only music but ideas, inventions etc. The main purpose or goal of copyright is to avoid copying and give the owner the absolute right over his thought or invention. By way of obtaining copyright, they make money which is the fruit obtained for their brilliance and also get recognition. Therefore, copyrights of music in India has become more effective after the 2012 amendment. 

In a gist, to copyright a song one has to record it, then make an account on the official site, pay a fee, submit the song and then await the copyright. If granted, the copyright for a commercially recorded song lasts for up to 50 years. Illegally performing, distributing, or selling it can lead to a hefty fine and jail term.