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Copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to the owner for a limited time to protect the particular form, way or manner in which an idea or information is expressed. Examples literary & artistic work, music, films, paintings, sculptures, computer programs and database etc, Copyright is Moral and economic rights of authors/ writers, publishers, performers and producers of sound recordings (phonograms). Duration of Copyright protection is life time of the author plus 50 years thereafter.


Copyright work/Copyright registration can categorized by following Parts:


  • Part-I: Literary works (Books, Magazines, Journals, Lectures, Sermons, Dramas, Novels, and also  including Computer Programs and   Compilation of Data)

  • Part-II: Artistic works (Paintings, Photographs, Maps, Charts, Calligraphies, Sculptures, Architectural Works, Drawings, Label Designs, Logos, Monograms etc).

  • Part-III:  Cinematographic works   (Motion Pictures, Video Cassettes, VCD’s, DVD’s   etc.).
  • Part-IV:    Records Works    (Audio Cassettes and CD’s).

    Steps of Registration of Copyright
  1. Filing of application
  2. Examination
  3. Publication in newspaper (Artistic Work only)
  4. Opposition, if any
  5. Issuance of Certificate by Registrar (Registration)


Copyright Office Karachi


The Copyright Office was established at Karachi in 1963 under the Provision of Copyright Ordinance, 1962, as subordinate office and then upgraded as attached department of Ministry of Education Islamabad. The branch office was established at Lahore in 1984. The Copyright office has become a part of IPO-Pakistan under the administrative control of Cabinet Division, since April 2005. The Copyright Office is headed by the Registrar of Copyrights (BPS-19). The Office provides support services to a variety of creative industries, such as literary work including computer program/software/databases, publishing industry, artistic work, cinematographic work and Record Work.


Copyright office provides


  1. A system of voluntary registration.
  2. To grant registration of various copyrighted works.
  3. Facilitate any interested person who makes an application to the Registrar.
  4. To provide prima-facie evidence to prove the ownership of copyright before the court of law or any authority. 


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