Copyright is a legal instrument that provides the creator of a work of art or literature, or a work that conveys information or ideas, the right to control how the work is used. The intent of copyright is to advance the progress of knowledge by giving an author of a work an economic incentive to create new works.
Literary works which includes Books, Magazines, Journals, Lectures, Dramas, Novels, Computer programmes/Software and compilation of data etc.
Artistic works like paintings, Maps, photographs, drawings, Charts, Calligraphies, Sculptures, Architectural Works, Label Designs, Logos, Monograms and other works alike.
Cinematographic works which includes movies, audio-visual works, documentaries etc; and
Record works which include sound recordings, musical works etc.
After independence in 1947, Pakistan adopted the British Copyright Act, 1911;
The British Copyright Act, 1911 was replaced by the Copyright Ordinance, 1962;
The Copyright Office, at Karachi in 1963;
The Copyright Rules of, 1967 as amended in 2002;
Registration started in 1967;
The International Copyright Order, 1968;
The Copyright Board (Procedure) Regulations 1981;
Branch office in 1984 at Lahore;
Part of IPO-Pakistan since 2005.
Copyright Office provides services for registration of a copyright work. The registration of copyright work is voluntary and granted only if an owner files an application as per prescribed method. However, registration of copyright work is recommended, as a certificate issued by the Copyright Office serves as prima-facie evidence to prove the ownership of copyright before the court of law or any authority.
Filing of application
Publication in newspaper (Artistic Work only)
Opposition, if any
Issuance of Certificate by Registrar (Registration)
IPO-Pakistan has achieved the following milestones in the field of Copyright during the last few years:
World IP day was organized on April 26,......