Copyright is the exclusive right of reproducing or authorizing anybody else to reproduce any original work. The author of any work or the person authorized by him is empowered to get the copyright registered.
Copyright must be obtained in order to protect the original idea or the original way of representation of idea from being exploited by any person. Following persons are empowered to file an application for copyright -
- Author of the work- The person who has produced the work is called the author of the work. If the work created is original then he can seek copyright.
- The authorized agent- Any person duly authorized by the creator of work can also file copyright on behalf of the applicant.
- The copyright applicant- Applicant is any person who has obtained the ownership right over the work by way of transfer, assignment, written contract etc. Thus applicant is empowered to obtain copyright.
- Minor- A minor can also register a copyright in his name.
- Co-owners- The joint owners can also obtain the copyright for the work created jointly if they both agree to it.
- Employer- If a work is created during the course of employment the employer will be considered an author of work and not the employee as it is considered as work made for hire.