License in India


What is Copyright License?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection granted under Indian law to the creators of original works of authorship such as literary works (including computer programs, tables, and compilations including computer databases which may be expressed in words, codes, schemes, or in any other form, including a machine-readable medium), dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematographic films and sound recordings.

Copyright law protects expressions of ideas rather than the ideas themselves. Under section 13 of the Copyright Act 1957, copyright protection is conferred on literary works, dramatic works, musical works, artistic works, cinematograph films, and sound recording. For example, books, computer programs are protected under the Act as literary works.

Copyright refers to a bundle of exclusive rights vested in the owner of copyright by virtue of Section 14 of the Act. These rights can be exercised only by the owner of the copyright or by any other person who is duly licensed in this regard by the owner of the copyright. These rights include the right of adaptation, right of reproduction, right of publication, right to make translations, communication to the public, etc.

Why this License is Required?

license can grant the right to the copyright of work that is already in existence or copyright in some future work that is yet to come into existence. A licensee can use the copyrighted work without any claim of infringement or unauthorized use being brought by the owner of the copyright against the licensee.

Who can get a Copyright License?



Musical Work

Cinematograph Film

Sound Recording

Work of Sculpture

Document Required for Copyright License

Role of Shamkris and Process of Copyright License

Shamkris adopts a results-oriented approach to compliance with mandatory licence requirements in the organization. A simple and guidance methodology help organisation to achieve licence in a timely manner and cost-effective. Shamkris support 100% in advisory, Guidance, Compliance with respect to license requirements to obtain approval.

The License process described below:

Advisory for the document required

Preparation of documents as per application & list of documents.

Application File

Verification of Application by the Department

Liason department

License issued for 60 years

Renewal when due

Who can issue the Copyright License?


license is the transfer of interest in copyright. In a license, the right to use a copyright is given to another party with some restrictions on such usage. A license can grant the right in the copyright of work which is already in existence or copyright in some future work which is yet to come in existence.

Types of Copyright
  • Public Performing Right. The exclusive right of the copyright owner, granted by the U.S. Copyright Law, to authorize the performance or transmission of the work in public.
  • Public Performance License. …
  • Reproduction Right. …
  • Mechanical License. …
  • Synchronization License. …
  • Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings.

Generally, the difference between the two is that licenses allow a copyright owner to retain the rights while giving someone else a right to exercise some of them, whereas an assignment results in a copyright owner losing control over the work.

In general, the permissions process involves a simple five-step procedure:
  1. Determine if permission is needed.
  2. Identify the owner.
  3. Identify the rights needed.
  4. Contact the owner and negotiate whether payment is required.
  5. Get your permission agreement in writing.

The United States Copyright Office manages the registration of copyrighted works. [9] Registration isn’t necessary to establish copyright rights; however, it is necessary to fully enforce those rights. A copyright owner who decides to register his copyright can do so at any time during the copyright’s lifetime.