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ABM (480 x 600)Query :
Dear Sir,
I wrote a number of articles, poems on various contemporary issues over last couple of years. Now I want publish a book and want to attain copyright registration, so that no one can use my write ups. In order to attain copyright registration what are the things I need to follow, please inform.


Rafiqul Haque
Opinion :

In order to attain copyright registration, an application for copyright should be supported by the following documents:
1. A completed application form
2. Treasury chalan
3. Copies of the work to be registered
4. Transfer deed of work in stamp paper (if applicable)
5. Legal paper (Okalatnama) (if a lawyer submits the application form on behalf of the author)
Once the Registrar received any application for copyright, he shall serve notice of the concerned application to every person who has any interest in the subject matter of that application. If the Registrar receives any objection he may after holding such inquiry as he deems fit, enter such particulars of work in the register of copyright, which he considers proper. After registration, the Registrar shall send copies of the entries made in the register to the parties concerned.
Copyright may be assigned, transferred or licensed. The Copyright Office has prescribed form for transfer. There are three kinds of remedies against infringement of copyright, namely:

Civil remedies
The owner of the copyright can bring civil action in which reliefs such as Anton Pillar Order (Search Order) injunction, accounts and damages can be sought. A suit or other civil proceedings relating to infringement of copyright is to be filed in the Court of District Judge, within whose jurisdiction the plaintiff resides or carries on business or where the cause of action arose irrespective of the place of residence or place of business of the defendant.

Criminal remedies
Criminal remedies provides for the imprisonment of the accused or imposition of fine or both, seizure of infringing copies etc. Criminal proceedings are available in order to punish the persons who have violated the copyright law.

Administrative remedies
Administrative remedies consist of moving to the Registrar of copyrights to ban the import of infringing copies into Bangladesh, when the infringement is by way of such importation and the delivery of the confiscated infringing copies to the owner of the copyright.


A.B.M Shahjahan Akanda (Masum)
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
He is the Head of the chamber of a renowned law firm, namely, ‘Law for Nations’, which has expertise mainly in banking law, tax law, commercial law, corporate law, family law, employment and labor law, land law,constitutional law, criminal law and in conducting litigations before courts of different hierarchies. He can be reached at – cell:01711459590, E-mail: