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The LegalZoom Copyrights Process

LegalZoom's Copyright Service makes it easy to file for federal copyright protection. We take care of all the details—from start to finish. The following is a step-by-step description of our complete copyright process:
  • Complete our easy online questionnaire.
  • We prepare your copyright application.
    We will review the information you provide for consistency and completeness before preparing your application.
  • You submit a copy of your original work.
    To complete your copyright application, we will need one complete copy of your original work or two copies if your work has been published.
  • We file your application with the U.S. Copyright Office.
    Once we receive your materials, we will process your documents and electronically file them with the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • A copyright registration is effective upon receipt by the Copyright Office.
    We will send you a signed proof of delivery, along with a cover letter.
  • You receive a certificate of registration from the Copyright Office.
    The Copyright Office will issue a certificate of registration to you directly by mail, typically within 6-9 months. LegalZoom will notify you when your application has been processed.