What stands out (and what I’m silently celebrating about) is the introduction of online registration facilities, accessible directly by authors and rights holders. So, it is not just a superficial overhaul – there are some fundamental technical changes as well.
Previously, clicking on the link of “Registration Form” would direct you to a PDF version of the Form IV, which was of little help. Now, you can complete the form online, and follow it up with submitting the documents by hand or by post. They also have a Check List of guidelines that help in completing the Registration Form, making it incredibly simple for individual registrants to file applications themselves. There is also a flowchart indicating the Workflow of the Registry to help users understand the process of registration. It will be great to know how this system actually works out in the months to come – we’re confident readers will keep us posted.
There are better things to come: The next phase of the Copyright Office project, which will go live by 31 December 2009, will see all the records being digitized. Users will also have access to an “Online search facility” which will help locate details of copyright registrations for a fee.And for those of you who have had the pleasure (!) of visiting the Copyright Office in the dingy backlanes of the Curzon Road Barracks in Central Delhi, it’s official: the office will soon be shifting to Jeevan Deep Building, Parliament Street. (My own grouses are (1) no more Andhra Bhavan lunches; and well, (2) Parking! – maybe at UNI/Metro station, and walk?)
It was only a few days ago that I was reading about the abysmal state of online affairs of websites of the Government of India. If any of you have recently visited india.gov.in (“The National Portal of India”), you will see what a mess it all is, although one can tell – GoI is trying hard… (Image: Copyright Office Then – RIP)
At any rate, I personally find this site relatively more attractive than the IPO website, which is aesthetically…um…a little wanting. Or maybe I am just partial to the colour blue, and miles davis. What’s your take?