What is copyright?

Copyright is a legal term describing rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works.

What is covered by copyright?

The kinds of works covered by copyright include: literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspapers and computer programs; databases; films, musical compositions, and choreography; artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture; architecture; and advertisements, maps and technical drawings.

Owner of copyright: The first owner of copyright in general is the author. The owner of copyright may assign the copyright or grant any interest in the copyright by license. Licenses may also be granted by the Copyright Board.

Term of copyright:
Copyright in a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work published within the life time of the author subsists until 60 years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the author dies.


1. Name, Address and Nationality of the applicant(s),
2. 3(three) copies of Works.
3. Declaration from the owner of the Copyright;
4. A duly executed Power of Attorney. Please note that the POA needs to be legalized and notarized and it must be filed at the time of filing of the application.

The employees of the Barristers & Associates of IP Laws are experienced in this line and they can take over responsibility and handle matters efficiently. They may be contacted at e-mail-