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 movable 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 also not 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 breached, 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.