Copyright Registration is a formal registration of work with the Copyright office of a country. It can be transferred or assigned from one party to another creating a license to use. For example, a musician records an album for a record company and transfer all copyrights to the record company in exchange of Royalties.
A Copyright Licensing Agreement is a legal contract wherein the creator permits another (be it an individual or a company) to utilize the copyrighted works in the following manners:
1. Voluntary License - A copyright owner may grant any interest in the right by way of licence. However, in case of a copyright licence, such a licence will take effect only when the work comes into existence. If a person to whom a copyright licence is given in any future work, dies before the work comes into reality, his/her legal representative shall be entitled to the benefit of the licence.
A Licence Agreement ¬¬¬¬¬should have the following characteristics::
Compulsory license is statutory license to do an act covered by an exclusive right without the prior authorization of the right owner. The Central Government in public interest, when a work is unpublished, or published but the author is dead or unknown or not traceable, direct the author or his legal representative to publish the work.