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Registering a copyright is easy. Here's how it's done:

  • CREATE !

    Compose a song. Write a play. Paint a picture. Pen a poem. Express your creativity.

  • REGISTER YOUR COPYRIGHT

    Complete an application
    Include the correct fee
    Include nonreturnable copies (usually, one for unpublished and two for published)

  • SEND THE PACKAGE TO:

    Library of Congress
    Copyright Office
    101 Independence Avenue, SE.
    Washington, D.C. 20559 6000

  • The Copyright Office receives your package, and your registration becomes effective on that day. We receive about 2,400 submissions each business day.
  • Our financial department processes your payment.
  • We examine your application and deposit and make sure they're acceptable and meet the requirements of Copyright law and regulations.
  • Your registration is assigned a number and a certificate of registration is issued. You'll receive that certificate in the mail about 4 months after you submit your package.
  • Catalogers create an online, searchable public record of your registration.
  • For more information, please visit: www.copyright.gov

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