Copyright Submission Guidelines
When you register work with the Copyright Office, you submit a deposit—one or more copies of the work—along with the application. Usually, if the work has been published in physical form (e.g., a book, printed flyer, CD, or poster), the Copyright Office requires two physical copies. If the work is unpublished or only available online, the Copyright Office accepts electronic materials.
For certain types of work (e.g., a jewelry design, sculpture or computer program), identifying materials may be submitted instead of the work itself. In this case, a deposit could be a photograph, a drawing, or source code if the work is a computer program.
How to Determine What Type of Work to Submit
If your work falls into one of the following categories, you can submit your work electronically:
- Your work is unpublished (meaning it has NOT been published in physical form such as a book, printed flyer, CD, or poster).
- The work has only been published online (such as a website or computer program).
- The work is published, but the deposit requirement is identifying material and not the work itself (for example, you are submitting a photograph, drawing, or rendering of a 3-D object). Depending on the type of work, you may also need to include the title of the work and exact measurements for at least one of its sides.
If your work doesn't fit into one of the above categories, you may need to submit physical copies via mail.
Submitting Materials to LegalZoom
If you are registering your work through LegalZoom, follow the guidelines below to submit electronic or physical copies of your materials:
To submit physical copies of your materials, mail the following to the address below:
LegalZoom – Attention: Copyrights
U.S. Copyright Office Electronic Submission File Formats
|Text||.doc (Microsoft Word Document)
.docx (Microsoft Word Open XML Document)
.htm, .html (Hypertext Markup Language)
.pdf (Portable Document Format)
.rtf (Rich Text Format)
.txt (Text File)
|Presentation||.pps, .ppt (Microsoft PowerPoint)|
|Image||.bmp (Bitmap Image)
.gif, .giff (Graphics Interchange Format)
.jpg, .jpeg, .jfif (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
.pdf (Portable Document Format)
.pic, .pict (Picture File)
.png (Portable Network Graphic)
.psd (Photoshop Document)
.pub (Microsoft Publisher)
.tga (Targa Graphic)
.tif, .tiff (Tagged Image File Format)
|Audio||.aif, .aiff (Audio Interchange File Format)
.au (Audio File)
.mp3 (MP3 Audio File or Layer 3 Audio Compression)
.ra, .ram (Real Audio File)
.rmi (Resource Interchangable File Format)
.wav (Windows Wave Sound File)
.wma (Windows Media Audio File)
.mp4, .m4a, .m4p (MPEG-4 Part 14 Apple)
.avi (Audio Video Interleave)
.mpg, .mpeg (Moving Picture Experts Group)
.rm, .rv (Real Media File)
.swf (Adobe Flash formerly Shockwave Flash)
.wmv (Windows Media Video)
.mp4, .m4v (Apple Video Container File Format)
|Data||.mbd (Microsoft Access Database)
.xls (Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)
.mid, .midi, .rmi (Musicial Digital Interface)
.zip (Zipped File)
.cab (Windows Cabinet File)
.rar (Compressed Archive)
* The file(s) in a compressed file must also be an acceptable file format. Compressed files containing unacceptable file types will be refused. When seeking to register one work, in most cases, only one file should be uploaded.