Copyrights Registration

Registration of Copyrights in Pakistan

Definition of ‘Copyright’ Under the Laws of Pakistan

Copyright is a standard declared for protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including dramatic, literary, artistic, musical, and certain other intellectual works. This standard protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

Registration Procedure of Copyrights in Pakistan

Who is authorized to claim copyright in Pakistan?
Copyright as an art of authorship immediately becomes the sole property of the author who made the work. Just the author or people deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim for copyrights.

Regarding the case of a work created by an employee within the scope of her or his employment; neither employer and nor the employee will be considered to be the author, if the parties explicitly agree in a written agreement signed by them that the work must be considered a work created for hire.

The authors of a collaborative work are known co-owners of the copyrights in the work, unless there exists an agreement to the contrary.

What works are copyrightable in Pakistan?
Copyrightable works include the following categories:

  • Literary works
  • Musical works, including any accompanying words
  • Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
  • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  • Sound recordings
  • Architectural works
  • Is registration of copyrights in Pakistan a mandatory requirement for
  • protection of copyrightable works?

Registration of a copyright in Pakistan is not a mandatory requirement for protection of such copyrightable literature in Pakistan. It is secured automatically when the work is produced, and a work is “produced” when it is enclosed in a copy or phono-record for the first time. There are, however, certain definite merits to registration. Registration, however, declares prima facie evidence in a Court of Law of the authenticity of the copyrights and of the facts stated in the certificate.

Copyrights Related Statutes of Pakistan

Copyrights Ordinance, 1962
Copyright Rules