Why register a copyright?

Protect Your Creative Work with Copyright Registration

Protects creative work

A copyright can protect your ownership of an original work—including songs, books, articles, photographs, and other creative works that exist in a fixed and tangible form.

Copyright Registration Enhances Your Rights

Enhances your rights

Among other things, registering your copyright establishes a public record of your copyright claim, can help prove ownership, and is required if you ever want to sue for copyright infringement.

Creative Professionals Benefit from Copyright Registration

Benefits creativity

Authors, artists, choreographers, architects, and other creative professionals all benefit from copyright registration.

What kinds of work can be protected by a copyright?

Copyright protections cover original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Copyrighted work must be original, and it must be fixed into a "tangible form." Ideas themselves can't be copyrighted.

Learn more about works protected by copyrights.

What are some advantages of registering?

Registering your copyright establishes a public record of your claim, allows you to take legal action against infringement, and may entitle you to statutory damages and attorney’s fees in court.

Other advantages of formally registering your copyright.

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How it works

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1. Select the IP protection that’s best for you.

Fill out a simple questionnaire to get started.

2. Fill out a simple questionnaire to get started.

We’ll work with you to assemble your application and file it with the appropriate government agency.

3. We’ll work with you to assemble your application and file it with the appropriate government agency.

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Electronic Filing

We'll file your copyright application with the U.S. Copyright Office

Delivery confirmation

You'll be notified of your package's arrival at the Library of Congress.

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Common questions

What are the rights of a copyright owner?
The owner of a copyright has the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute copies (for sale or otherwise), publicly perform or display, or create derivative worksof the copyrighted work.They also have the right to authorize others to do the same.
What works are protected by copyright law?
Copyright law protects "original works of authorship" that are fixed in a tangible form. Broadly, this includes literary works, musical works, dramatic works, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings and architectural works.
Does copyright law protect names, titles, slogans, logos or ideas?
Copyright law doesn’t protect names, titles, slogans or short phrases, though we may be able to help you protect these things by registering a trademark. In some circumstances, a logo may receive both copyright and trademark protection.

Copyrights cannot protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. However, if you express those ideas in writing, drawings or another tangible form, that work may be protected through a copyright.

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Copyright registration can help protect your creative work, establishing a public record of the copyright claim and giving you the right to enforce a copyright in federal court. Under federal copyright law, copyright owners are given exclusive rights that they may exercise themselves or authorize others to exercise. These rights include reproducing copies of the work, distributing copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, performing and displaying the work publicly, and preparing derivative works based on the work. Copyright law protects “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression, including books, songs, photographs, sound recordings, architectural drawings and other original works. Whether you want to register a copyright for a musical work or for a book you’ve written, it’s important to ensure that the details are handled properly during copyright registration. LegalZoom can help you register a copyright and protect your creative work at an affordable cost. The three-step process includes a simple questionnaire. We then assemble your copyright registration application, including a copy of your original work that you submit, and file it with the U.S. Copyright Office. Upon acceptance by the Copyright Office, your copyright registration is effective. Certificates of registration are typically received from the Copyright Office by mail. Give your intellectual property the benefits of federal registration by registering a copyright online through LegalZoom. 

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