Frequently Asked Questions

Copyright Issues

This category deals with the questions related to copyright. The information provided is strictly for informational purposes and is not supposed to be legal advice. Please consult an IP lawyer for legal advice on copyright related matters.

Copyright Registration is not required for claiming copyright. Copyright comes into existence as soon as the work is penned down and registration of copyright is optional. If you expect a dispute, a registration may come in handy as a proof, but it is not mandatory. The protection under relevant law is available irrespective of registration of copyright.

So, your decision to register for copyright should be based on whether you expect a dispute and whether you would be willing to spend time and money on the same.

Nobody can tell you whether or not you will win a court case. But not having the registration is not the sole reason to lose a copyright dispute. Protection under copyright law is available irrespective of the registration. For more concrete legal advice, you should consult an IP (Intellectual Property) lawyer.
ISBN and copyright have no relations whatsoever. ISBN is only an attempt to catalog all the published books. It makes no statement about the copyrights. Having or not having an ISBN does not affect your copyright.
ISBN and copyright have no relations whatsoever. ISBN is only an attempt to catalog all the published books. It makes no statement about the copyrights. Having or not having an ISBN does not affect your copyright.
ISBN and copyright have nothing to do with each other. ISBN is an attempt to catalog all published books and it makes no statement whatsoever about the copyright. Getting an ISBN is not equivalent to registering a copyright, nor is it necessary to get an ISBN to claim copyright. There should be no confusion here - ISBN and copyright are absolutely independent of each other.
Check copyright registration office's website. Technically you can use the forms and instructions available there to apply for copyright registration yourself. If you need help, you would have to contact an IP (Intellectual Property) lawyer. However, this will be a costly affair. It is likely to cost you around Rs. 10,000 even on the lower side.