Copyright is a legal instrument that provides the creator of a work of art or literature, or a work that conveys information or ideas, the right to control how the work is used. The intent of copyright is to advance the progress of knowledge by giving an author of a work an economic incentive to create new works. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. Under Pakistani law, registration is not required either for acquiring copyright or for enforcing it in an infringement action. However, registration has evidentiary value in a court of law with reference to dispute relating to ownership of copyright.

International copyright protection

Pakistan is a member Paris Conventions and Pakistan law extends protection to all copyrighted works originating from any of the convention countries. Foreign works first published in a country which is a member of either of the Conventions would be accorded the same copyright protection in Pakistan as Pakistani works without undergoing any formalities, on the assumption that the home country accords reciprocity to Pakistan works.

Copyright protects the following creative works Literary works

Books, Magazines, Journals, Lectures, Dramas, Novels, Computer programmes/Software and compilation of data etc;

Artistic works

Paintings, Maps, photographs, drawings, Charts, Calligraphies, Sculptures, Architectural Works, Label Designs, Logos, Monograms and other works alike;

Cinematographic works

Movies, audio-visual works, documentaries etc; and

Record works

Sound recordings, musical works etc.

Filing Requirements

1. Full name, address, nationality and profession / business of the Applicant(s).
2. Full name, address, nationality and profession / business of the Author(s).
3. Power of attorney signed by the applicant(s) and notarized.
4. Four specimens of the work signed by the applicant(s) and notarized.
In case of application where the true author(s) is not a party to the application, an affidavit of the author(s) declaring that he has sold his rights to the applicant(s). The affidavit should notarize.


The term of copyright in most cases is lifetime of author and fifty years after his death.

Copyright – Services

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2. Opposition
3. Revocation
4. Watch Services
5. Assignments
6. Licensing
7. Counselling
8. Infringement Actions
9. Defending of Legal Actions

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