Copyright Your Photographs & Images in India

How to Copyright Your Photographs & Images in India?

Online Legal India LogoBy Online Legal India Published On 13 Nov 2020 Updated On 25 Oct 2022 Category Copyright

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Internet and modern technology hand in hand has influenced stealing photography for personal use and then miss use it. Quite often we see how photography is taken down from various webpages and is used (illegally) to create content on the web. However, with the inception of the Copyright Act, 1957 it has served to protect photographers time and again – whether it’s a selfie or a photograph.

What is Photography Copyright?

A Photograph to Copyright gives the 'author' here photographer the right to possess copyright of a photograph. Which means that you have exclusive right to reproduce the work, to create derivative works based on it, to distribute copies, also to display it in public?

What category of work can be registered as Copyright under Photography?

"Photography" includes the following categories:

  1. Commercial: Events, Personal, Scientific, Portrait
  2. Documentary Photos: Fine Art, Photojournalism, Sports
  3. Editorial: Forensic, School, Wedding

Copyright for Cinematograph: Registration Process

  1. Discuss a copyright expert: about the category of Copyright registration.
  2. Filling the Application
  3. Examination of application: it is scrutinized by an examiner of authority.
  4. In case of an objection: filed the authorities send out letters to the concerned parties.
  5. Registration: Once everything is cleared from the side of registrar's end the applicant received and owner of that copyright can legally exercise all rights of copyright.
  6. Required information for the registration of copyright
  • Personal Information:- Name, address, and nationality of the applicant. Nature of the applicant whether he is owner and representative of that particular application.
  • Nature of work:- Class & description, the title of the work. The language of the work should be mention in the application.
  • Date of Publication:- If the possible date of publication in interval magazines should be mention.

How Online Legal India will help you?

You can protect your Photos, Selfies, Portrait carefully with Online Legal India™. So, nobody can steal your photos for personal use and misuse it. Copyright Application protects in a unique way of vesting exclusive rights to the author/ creator (here photographer). We would assist you to document all the legal frameworks, would be at your service 24*7.

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