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Registering a Copyright

It is not necessary to register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright protection begins the moment an original work is fixed in tangible form.

There are, however, some reasons you may want to register your copyright:

  • Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim
  • Registration is necessary before an infringement suit can be filed in court

Registration may be made at any time within the duration of the copyright. The decision to register a work belongs entirely to the copyright holder.

For More Information

Registering a Work FAQ -- A helpful guide to registering your work from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Online Copyright Registration -- Log in to the U.S. Copyright Office's eCO online registration system.