COPYRIGHT Registration

in Bangladesh

What are the Requirements to get copyright protection?

Copyright is basically the right to respect the author’s creation because an original work is the brain-child of the author. Before claiming copyright the work apart from being original, should satisfy the following conditions

    History of Copyright in Bangladesh

    Copyright deals with the protection of the right of intellectual property. It does not have any relation with other materialistic property moveable or immovable. Research, literary works, drama, arts and paintings, music, audio-video production, film, photography, sculpture, recording, software, e-mail, website and broadcasting of radio and television are considered as major intellectual property in the present day world. According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), ‘Intellectual Property refers to creations of the mind; Inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.’

    Copyright registration has not been made compulsory in the Copyright Act, 2000. It is not also compulsory in other countries. But the copyright registration is a pre-requisite to avoid any possible conflict over the ownership of an intellectual property. Being a member country of WIPO, World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the signatory at Berne Convention, Universal Copyright Convention, Bangladesh is bound to abide by all conditions of these conventions related to copyright and the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement. The Bangladesh Copyright Act 2000 was enacted incorporating the nationally and globally important provisions of all major international copyright rules. It was further amended in 2005 for updating. Later, the copyright Rules 2006 (SRO No-219) was formulated under section 103 of the Copyright Act to strengthen copyright management through proper implementation of the law.

    Remedies against infringement

    When copyright is infringed the owner of the copyright (as well as the exclusive licensee) is entitled to certain civil remedies (injunction, damages, accounts) Jurisdiction lies with the court of District Judge of the place where the person instituting the proceeding resides or carries on business

    What is Copyright?

    Copyright is a legal means of protecting an author’s work. It is a type of intellectual property that provides exclusive publication, distribution, and usage rights for the author. This means whatever content the author created cannot be used or published by anyone else without the consent of the author.

    Meaning of copyright

    Copyright means inter alia the exclusive right
    to reproduce the work
    to issue copies of the work to the public
    to perform or broadcast the work
    to make any translation or adaption of the work (for details see s. 14).
    In addition, special moral rights lie with the author (s. 78) as well as a droit de suite (s. 23).