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Registering your copyright greatly enhances your legal protections against infringement.
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.
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.
Authors, artists, choreographers, architects, and other creative professionals all benefit from copyright registration.
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.
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.
For a more detailed view of the copyright process, including government processing times, click here.
1. Complete our simple, easy to understand questionnaire.
2. We'll assemble your copyright registration application.
3. We'll file your completed application with the U.S. Copyright Office.
+ Federal filing fees
We'll file your copyright application with the U.S. Copyright Office
You'll be notified of your package's arrival at the Library of Congress.
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