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Information Collection & Checking
We collect all the necessary files and check if they can be used for the application.

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Copyright Filing
We then prepare the application and file the forms.

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Copyright Registration

How to Do Copyright Registration Online with

1. An application along with (all the particulars and statements of the particulars) and requisite copyright filing fees sent to the registrar IPO. Every Application signed by the Applicant and an Advocate in whose favor a Power of Attorney executed. A separate application should file in case of more than one works.
2. If there are no objections received within 30 days, the Examiner will analyze the filed Application for any discrepancy. If no discrepancy found, the registration application will be accepted and further send to the Registrar for the entry in the Register and issuance of Copyright Certificate.
3. The Registrar will issue a Dairy No. and send a Notice of Copyright Publication in the Newspaper after newspaper publication there is a mandatory waiting time for some period for any objections to be received.
4. If any objection/ opposition is received, then Registrar sends a letter to both the parties about the objections and will give both a chance of hearing.
5. After the hearing, if both the parties are satisfied on one platform and objections are amicably resolved, the Registrar will give its decision to finalize the Copyright Application with approval or rejection.


Copyright Registration Online – an Overview

Copyright is the legal right creators are entitled to for their literary, dramatics, music, and artistic work. Producers of films and recordings enjoy this right too. When a proprietor registers for a copyright, it gives them an exclusive right to reproduce, replicate, and distribute the work. Further, they can grant authority to some other entity for the same purpose.

Registering for copyright is important because it makes you the legal owner of the rights over the work. You then have control over communicating it to the public, reproducing rights, any adaptations or translations of the works.

How Copyrighting Works

A copyright protects the expression of an idea. Unlike a patent, which protects the idea itself, copyright protects only the expression.

As the owner of the copyright, the author has the unique right to produce copies of the work, to exhibit and perform it publicly, and to distribute copies of the work to the public. These exclusive rights are valid for the author's lifetime plus 70 years. A work made for hire, on the other hand, has a copyright that lasts for a fixed period of 95 years from the date of creation.

The work must be original to the creator in order to be protected by copyright. To be unique, the work should:

    Instead of being taken from another work, it must have been created by the author(s)
    Must be capable of at least a basic level of creativity.

Note: The work will be terminated and will not be entitled to copyright protection if these two conditions are not met.

Copyright Law and Treaties

The Copyright Ordinance 1962 (the Act), supported by the Copyright Rules 1967 (the Rules), The International Copyrights Order (1968) & Copyrights Board (Procedure) Regulations (1981), is the governing law for copyright protection in Pakistan. Substantial Section 66 of the Ordinance, as amended by the Amendment Act, provides that any person who knowingly infringes or abets the infringement of the copyright in a work (defined to include computer programs), or any other right conferred by the Ordinance shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to 3 years.

Pakistan follows a common law legal system, so relies on case law to interpret and set precedents in law and so the judicial decisions contribute to the sources of copyright law in Pakistan. Pakistan is a member of the Berne Conventions and Universal Copyright Convention. The Government of Pakistan has also passed the International Copyright Order, 1999. According to this Order, any work first published in any country that is a member of any of the above conventions is granted the same treatment as if it was first published in India.

The copyright law aims to balance the interests of those who create content, with the public interest in having the widest possible access to that content. WIPO administers several international treaties in the area of copyright and related rights.

What Can Be Protected By Copyright?

Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.

Eight categories of works are copyrightable:

    Literary, musical and dramatic works
    Pantomimes and choreographic works
    Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works
    Sound recordings
    Motion pictures and other AV works
    Computer programs
    Compilations of works and derivative works

    Architectural works.


Benefits of Copyright Registration

How copyright protects your work

Copyright protects your original work and restricts others from;

    Making copy of your Work
    Distribution of Copies of your work whether Free of Charge or Sale Price
    Work giving on Rent or Lend
    Performing or playing your work in general public  
    Making versions of your work
    Placement of work on the Internet

Copyright, Trademark, and Patent comparison

Copyright registration in Pakistan with IPO protects the original work of an author, while a patent protects discoveries. A Trademark safeguards a word, phrase, design that categorizes and segregates the source of the goods of one party from others. A service mark is a phrase, word or sign that classifies and differentiates the basis of a service rather than goods.

Things protected under Copyright

The following may be protected under Copyright Rues 1967 with IPO in Pakistan. 

1.Cinematography film and documentaries
2.Musical work and Sound recordings
3.Artistic work like paintings, maps, charts, photographs, sculptures, Label Designs
4.Original literary Books, Dictionaries, Journals, Lectures, Computer Programs, IT Software, Data, etc
5.Broadcasts on different channels
6.Published editions
8.Research Work, Newspapers, User Manuals, etc


Scope of Copyright Registration in Pakistan

What types of works may be protected by copyright?

A variety of original works are protected by copyright law, which ensures protection of books, music, films, newspapers, video games, magazines, paintings, architecture, sculptures, photographs, computer programs and original databases.

Section 2 of the Copyright Ordinance further defines the types of works that are protected in Pakistan, which include the following:

    Literary work is defined as works on religion, humanity, physical and social sciences, table compilations and computer programs. Further, ‘programs’ include reproduction of any information by devices such as disc, tape, perforated media or other any other device that is capable of storing or reproducing information after it is fed into or located on a computer.
    Musical work includes printing, alteration in writing, or otherwise graphical production or reproduction of melody and harmony or both.
    Dramatic work contains any piece of choreographic work or entertainment in mime, recitation, the acting or scenic arrangement the form of which is in writing, fixed or otherwise and excludes cinematographic work.
    Artistic work includes a work which is in form of a painting, a sculpture, a photograph, an engraving or a drawing such as a map, plan, chart or diagram without any specific requirement that those works possess artistic quality; any work of artistic craftmanship; and an architectural work of art.
    Cinematography work is described as a pattern of visual images which includes every kind of video films recorded on material of any description with or without sound and which are exhibited or played back indicating sensation of motion.
    Record includes any tape, disc, perforated roll, wire or any other device capable of embodying and reproducing sounds, other than a soundtrack which is considered to be associated with a cinematographic work.

Rights covered


Rights of a Copyright Owners in Pakistan

A copyright owner gets to enjoy the following rights and only they can assign these rights to someone else:

Right of reproduction: no one can make copies of or reproduce a protected work, in part or whole, without permission from the copyright owner
Right of adaptation: exclusive rights to the creator to use their piece of work the way they want (e.g., a book into a movie)
Right of communication to the public: exclusive rights to broadcast their original work to the public
Right to public performance: exclusive rights to the owners of artistic and musical work to perform their works in public
Right of paternity/attribution: the right of attribution or paternity implies that the owner/creator can claim sole authorship over their piece of work. In other words, they can have it attributed to themselves
Right of integrity: it allows the owner to sue in case their work is distorted or modified without permission

Right of distribution: exclusive rights to distribute their work in whatever form they like (through selling, reproducing, leasing, lending, renting, or transferring).

Documents Required

Documents Required for Copyrights Registration in Pakistan

    Name, Address, Business Name and Nationality of the Applicant – Copy of CNIC
    No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the publisher in casework is already published, and the publisher is not similar who is applying for Copyright Registration.
    Search Report from Trade Mark Office if any
    No Objection Certificate (NOC) from a person whose photographs appear on the artistic work
    Power of Attorney in favor of authorized Firm or Advocate signed by Applicant
    4 Copies of work
    Pay order or Demand Draft in the name of Director General IPO Pakistan 
    No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the author if the Applicant is different from the author

Advantages of Copyright Registration in Pakistan

1.Legal Protection in the Court of Law
2.Branding and Goodwill in the Market
3.Global Protection
4.Restricts Infringement or reproduction of Work
5.Creation of Intangible Asset
6.Life time Protection plus 50 Years even after the Death of Author
7.Market Place Credibility
8.Uniqueness in Identity
9.Brand Control and Consistency

Why Sidekick?

Why Sidekick is only Source for Online Copyright Registration?

    Our IP experts will guide you from end to end of this process
    All the forms and the application will be filled out by experts       and submitted on your behalf so that you don’t have to bear the       pain yourself
    The entire process is online and you can upload all the details             and documents to a user-friendly dashboard
    Your work and data are safe and secure with us.

    Our support team is available to answer any questions you might have.


Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

1.To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;

2.To prepare derivative works based upon the work;

3.To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;

4.To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works;

5.To display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and

6.In the case of sound recordings*, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope, the copyright law establishes limitations on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability. One major limitation is of “fair use,” In other instances, the limitation takes the form of a “compulsory license” under which certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions. For further information about the limitations of any of these rights, consult the copyright law

Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright.

In the case of a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment; the employer and not the employee is considered to be the author, if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the work shall be considered a work made for hire.

The authors of a joint work are co-owners of the copyright in the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary.


Ownership of a book, manuscript, painting, or any other copy or phonorecord does not give the possessor the copyright. The transfer of ownership of any material object that embodies a protected work does not of itself convey any rights in the copyright.

Copyright protects “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. The fixation need not be directly perceptible so long as it may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device. Copyrightable works include the following categories:

1.literary works;

2.musical works, including any accompanying words

3.dramatic works, including any accompanying music

4.pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works\

5.motion pictures and other audiovisual works

6.sound recordings

7.architectural works

These categories should be viewed broadly. For example, computer programs and most “compilations” may be registered as “literary works”.

Several categories of material are generally not eligible for copyright protection. These include among others:

•Works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of

•Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration

•Works consisting entirely of information that is common property and containing no original authorship (for example: standard calendars, height and weight charts, tape measures and rulers, and lists or tables taken from public documents or other common sources)

Copyright Secured Automatically upon Creation The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood, registration is not compulsory to secure copyright. There are, however, certain definite advantages to registration. Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created, and a work is “created” when it is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. “Copies” are material objects from which a work can be read or visually perceived either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, such as books, manuscripts, sheet music, film, videotape, or microfilm. “Phonorecords” are material objects embodying fixations of such as cassette tapes, CDs, or LPs. Thus, for example, a song (the “work”) can be fixed in sheet music (“copies”) or in phonograph disks (“phonorecords”), or both. If a work is prepared over a period of time, the part of the work that is fixed on a particular date constitutes the created work as of that date

A work that was created (fixed in tangible form for the first time) protected from the moment of its creation and is ordinarily given a term enduring for the author’s life plus an additional 50 years after the author’s death. In the case of “a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire,” the term lasts for 50 years after the last surviving author’s death. For works made for hire, and for anonymous and pseudonymous works the duration of copyright will be 50 years from publication.

Any or all of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights or any subdivision of those rights may be transferred, but the transfer of exclusive rights is not valid unless that transfer is in writing and signed by the owner of the rights conveyed or such owner’s duly authorized agent.

In general, copyright registration is a legal formality. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection, but it establishes prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.

The following persons are legally entitled to submit an application form:

•The author. This is either the person who actually created the work or, if the work was made for hire, the employer or other person for whom the work was prepared.

The copyright claimant. The copyright claimant is defined in Copyright regulations as either the author of the work or a person or organization that has obtained ownership of all the rights under the copyright initially belonging to the author. This category includes a person or organization who has obtained by contract the right to claim legal title to the copyright in an application for copyright registration.

•The owner of exclusive right(s).Under the law, any of the exclusive rights that make up a copyright and any subdivision of them can be transferred and owned separately, even though the transfer may be limited in time or place of effect. The term “copyright owner” with respect to any one of the exclusive rights contained in a copyright refers to the owner of that particular right. Any owner of an exclusive right may apply for registration of a claim in the work.

•The duly authorized agent of such author, other copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive right(s). Any person authorized to act on behalf of the author, other copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive rights may apply for registration.

There is no requirement that applications be prepared or filed by an attorney.

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