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Krupali   15 November 2015

Copyright of songs, lyrics & music videos


I have some questions:

1) how to copyright lyrics?
2) how to copyright lyrics with tune, but not a complete song?
3) how to copyright a complete song with music?
4) how to copyright a music video?
5) how much each of the above options would cost me individually?
6) what is the copyright procedure for each of the above options and how long does it take?

7) is the copyright done in India applicable/enforceable internationally? if no, how can we get an international copyright?

Kindly revert ASAP.



 6 Replies

Priyanka Kulkarni (Advocate and Intellectual Property Attorney Solicitor (England and Wales) (NP))     17 November 2015

Hi Krupali, Please check your email for details. Regards, Priyanka Kulkarni email:-

Nitish Banka (lawyer)     25 November 2015

There is an online application form and procedure for applying copyright.

Thanks & Regards,

Nitish Banka


Dr Katta Venkata Rama Krishna (Retd Sr Director Govt of India/ Advocate)     16 December 2015

Follow these links answered all your questions in detail.

Ans to Qns 1 to 4 and 6

Ans to Qn 5

Relevant Forms alongwith details of Fees payable are available at


Ans to Qn.7

Copyright as provided by the Indian Copyright Act is valid only within the borders of the country. To secure protection to Indian works in foreign countries, India has become a member of the following international conventions on copyright and neighbouring (related) rights:

    1. Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic works.

    2. Universal Copyright Convention.

    3. Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms against Unauthorised Duplication of their Phonograms.

    4. Multilateral Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation of Copyright Royalties.

    5. Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement.


Agreed with statements above.

Kavya Sreejith   13 May 2020


You may read more about copyright on musical works at


denny biliamm   15 October 2020

Unique ringtones, attractive ringtones are commonly used for mobile devices today. They download quite easily and simply. Do you guys know any place like that, please introduce it to me.

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