Copyright for Cinematograph Film

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What Is Copyright?

Copyright is nothing more than an exclusive right granted to the creator for his or her work, signifying that the work is regarded as original and strictly prohibited from being copied. The creative work for which you intend to obtain copyright may be in a literary, musical, artistic, educational, digital performance, or cinematic field. The length of the copyright in India is 60 years, which is often intended to be used for a short period of time. If you copyright your work, no one else will be able to duplicate, replicate, or copy your original work in any other way. One uses copyright to safeguard the creative expression of an idea that was first thought of. Copyright does not protect ideas, facts, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way how these things or emotions are expressed.

In cases where copyrights are granted by public law, they are regarded as ‘territorial rights.’ This indicates that you are not permitted to extend a copyright license that has been issued by a state legislation to cover territory outside of that particular state. Countries have many types of copyrights. It should be noted that numerous nations, and occasionally a sizable group of nations, have signed agreements with other nations on the copyright license's applicability when works ‘cross’ national boundaries. In fact, according to public law, a copyright expires 50 to 100 years after the creator passes away, depending on the state's jurisdiction. Consideration of copyright is possible for the following works:

  • Music
  • Drama
  • Manuscripts
  • Digital forms
  • Books
  • Films
  • Paintings
  • Performances
  • Fashion Designs
  • Sound recording
  • Software
  • Literary Work
  • Mechanical
  • Training Manuals, etc.

What Is a Cinematograph Film?

Any visual or video recording on any type of material created through a technique from which a moving image may be unfurled is referred to as a cinematograph film. As stated, it can be produced using any method and includes a sound recording that goes along with the visual recording. Any actual order work that has moving images or visuals is considered to be a cinematograph film, to be highly clear and understood.

The 6 Sections of the Registrar of Copyright

Six categories make up the registry of the Registrar of Copyrights. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is home to the Copyright Office, which is run by the Registrar of Copyrights. It is responsible for carrying out the Copyright Act. To obtain the appointment of the Registrar, you should get in touch with the national government. Now let's look at the six categories.

  • Section 1: Literary works other than computer Programs
  • Section 2: Musical works
  • Section 3: Artistic works
  • Section 4: Cinematography films
  • Section 5: Sound recording
  • Section 6: Computer programs, tables & compilations

Copyrights are protected by ‘THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957’, however, there have been several amendments to the act by now.

Why Should One Get Their Work Registered Under Copyright Law?

Although copyright protection is not required, getting one is always a good idea. If you claim not to have received one, someone else may just copy or fake your work. Also keep in mind that the person who obtains copyright protection first will be respected and approved. You will be able to enjoy your ownership of your work for a set amount of time by obtaining a copyright license. You may view various films and movies with copyrights on YouTube, for instance. Directors and producers own the copyright for movies. Without a copyright, a movie can be shown everywhere without the owner's permission. When a piece of work is fixed and reproduced in a copy, copyright for motion pictures is automatically protected. Movie copyright can also be done along with the copyright registration documentary film which is highly recommended in this word of people wanting a variety of movies.

This tends to be a motivation factor for the owner to present more works of his/her ideas and themes. Hence, a person should protect his hard work by registering for a copyright license.

Benefits of Owning the Copyright for Your Cinematograph Film

  • By copyrighting your cinematograph film, you can avoid suffering financial loss
  • Copyright offers legal defence and a way to submit your work anywhere, at any time, if necessary
  • It aids in reputation protection
  • Being the owner of your invention gives you prestige
  • High income is produced by using an original strategy
  • It makes you and your work distinctive from the competition
  • Your work will be noticed by the general audience if it is intriguing and distinctive
  • Depending on the situation, preemptive action can be taken.

Term of Protection for Copyright of Films

The term period of the protection of the cinematograph films is determined by Section 26 which deals with it. The term of protection for cinematograph films is 60 years. The period of the protection starts from the year when it first got published data officially.

Documents Required for the Application Process for Copyright of Films

  • 2 copies of your work
  • DD/IPO of ₹ (as applicable) per work
  • NOC from various copyright holders or copies of the agreement (deed of assignment)
  • NOC from the publisher if work published and publisher is different from the applicant
  • If the application is being filed through an attorney, a specific power of attorney in original, duly signed by the applicant and accepted by the attorney
  • In the case of cinematograph films, statement of further particulars is not necessary
  • The applicant, who may be the author or owner of the right, must sign both the Form XIV and SoP.

Fee Structure

Cinematograph movies cost ₹5,000 each work. As a result, the applicable fee and the records must be submitted with the applications for registration of cinematograph films.

List of Documents required to be submitted by Hand/ By Post along with the application form.

Publication of a Cinematograph Film - Examples

  • A TV show or a DTH channel showcasing a cinematograph film
  • Releasing the cinematograph film via a CD or DVD, or in any other possible ways in the market
  • Release of the film/movie in the theatres, cinema halls, or multiplexes even if the hall remains empty and no one turns up to watch the movie, it is anyway a published content

All these examples are included but not limited to. There are a lot more examples that represent the publication of a cinematograph film.

Process of Registration and Examination of Copyright in the Film Industry

Formalities Check

The copyright office conducts a formality check to verify your documents and records. This will be the first official step for getting copyrighted your cinematograph film. The film copyright laws are to be followed.

Advertisement for Objections

After the formality check is completed successfully, it is marketed for a while so that people can look at the work and express an interest in the topic. This advertisement is intended for those who believe the work has been stolen or copied from other sources. If the person has the legal authority to do so, a case may be brought against them before the deadline expires. If the objection is upheld, the application will be denied.


The registrar will check to see if there were any disputes or objections to the work. The application process will be discarded if there are any objections. However, if the time period has passed and nobody has objected, then more actions will be taken. However, if the registrar discovers any errors, the applicant will be given the opportunity to correct his work in accordance with the requirements before it is accepted for registration. If the errors are fixed, the registrar will process your application and move your work forward to the copyright certification stage.


After all the process and examination, a Registration Certificate along with the extracts from the entry made in the Registry will be sent to the Applicant.

Why Vakilsearch?

For those who create and possess cinematic works, such as movies, TV shows, and other audiovisual products, copyright protection is a crucial factor. Creators and owners can provide a clear legal foundation for safeguarding their creations and prohibiting unlawful use by registering their copyrights. A cinematographic work's copyright registration procedure might be complicated, so it's important to make sure all necessary precautions are done to effectively protect the work. Vakilsearch can assist by offering direction and support all during the copyright registration process, including drafting and submitting the required paperwork and addressing any concerns that could come up throughout the examination process. The team of knowledgeable copyright attorneys at Vakilsearch can assist in making sure that the registration procedure goes properly and that the creator's or owner's rights are fully protected.

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