How to upload documents for Copyright Registration?

Last Updated at: Jul 17, 2020
How to upload documents for Copyright Registration
There are two centralized copyright agencies in India: the Copyright Office and the Copyright Board. The Copyright Board does not have jurisdiction over civil copyright litigation. The Copyright Office is headed by the Registrar of Copyrights.


Copyright is an important right which is given to anybody who has created something created or unique, which may include writers, musicians, directors, painters and even App developers. These rights govern laws regarding the copying, legitimacy, originality and reproduction of their work in any form or manner.

It also ensures that their work is not translated, copied or altered without their knowledge and permission. In short, these laws prevent fraudulent copies and imitations, which might affect the creator of the original work and is an important step taken by the government to avoid any such mishaps. This also helps to safeguard the best interests of creative influencers by protecting their creativity and originality. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about Copyright Registration. 

The Copyright Act

To ensure this essential protection, the Copyright Act of 1957 was passed, hoping that this law would help in the prevention of the spreading and faking of original creative content. This Act protects the following unique creative fields and products:

  • Literary works including prose, poems and taglines
  • Dramatic efforts such as scripts and plays,
  • Musical works and jingles
  • Artistic works like paintings, murals and sculptures 
  • Films and sound recordings 
  • Fashion Designs
  • Software
  • Manuscripts

The Copyright Office

The Copyright Office is an office which is set-up to provide Copyright registration provisions to people and functions under the supervision of a Registrar of Copyrights who is appointed by the Central Government. Applications for registrations may be sent via post or an online method. Online registration facilities were started from February 2014 and are now a primary mode of registration. Here are the current location and contact details of the Copyright Office in India.

  • Boudhik Sampada Bhawan, Plot No. 32, Sector 14, Dwarka, New Delhi-110078
    • Telephone No.: 011-28032496, 08929474194

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Procedure for Registration 

Here’s a look at how to file for registration. 

  1. Applications are to be made via Form XIV.
  2. The form must be attached with Statement of Particulars(SoP) and Statement of Further Particulars.
  3. Each work requires a separate registration.
  4. Each work’s registration must be sent along with the pre-requisite fee attached to it. 
  5. The petitioner must duly sign all applications.
  6. In case, the petitioner cannot sign the document, a Power of Attorney signed by the petitioner and verified by a lawyer must be sent along with the application.
  7. Fee for the registration process may be paid via Demand Draft, E-payment or a Postal Order addressed to the Registrar Of Copyrights Payable At New Delhi
  8. Each column of the SoP must be explicitly and carefully filled.
  9. Here are the fee details for different works. 

E-filing may be done to the copyright Office via their web-site.

Procedure to Upload Documents

  • Once the window opens, go to the Login tab.
  • Enter your login credentials. Enter submit.
  • Once you are logged in, go to Upload Discrepancy Reply which you can find on the left side of the screen.
Fig 2- Copyright Registration Docs
  • To view the error document, use View Discrepancy Letter tab.
  • Press on the checkbox to upload document against a particular acknowledgement number.
Fig 3- Copyright Registration Docs
  • Once you press on it, a new dialogue box opens up. 
Fig 4- Copyright Registration Docs
  • Click on Upload Document.
Fig 5- Copyright Registration Docs
  • Select the PDF you need to be uploaded.
  • Click on that PDF, and press Upload.
Fig 6- Copyright Registration Docs

Time Required

After applying, you will receive an authentication number which you can use to track the progress of your application. The mandatory waiting period following this is 30 days. If a complaint is filed, the Registrar of Copyrights will hear arguments from both parties and then decide on who is at fault and who is right, following which he or she will register the work. In case no objection claim is filed, examiners analyse the application, and if no discrepancies are found, the registration is deemed complete. If any fault is found, they will notify the petitioner following which he or she has 45 days to rectify the mistake in the application.

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