Copyright is a form of law for intellectual property which protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright is protection to the expression of an idea.
Protection to a kind of intellectual work can be assured in a better way when the protectors are aware of its existence i.e when the authority keeping a check knows about the work, its maker and all the relevant details. Copyright is an exclusive negative right dependant on factors like time, utility for general public etc. In such a scenario, registration becomes the first essential step to be taken after producing a copyrightable work in order to ensure maximum protection of one’s intellectual creation. Although Registration has never been mandatory in India as a Copyright is protected by virtue of its creation itself.
Registration gives a verifiable account of the date and content of the work in question which in event of a legal claim/copyright infringement, plagiarism acts as a major source of right information and evidence. Making your claim towards your legal rights stronger, registration is explained under Section 40 of The Copyrights’ Act,1957. Consequent sections deal with the process of registration, rectification etc.