Frequently Asked Questions

Copyright Registration Protects Your Rights!

When you register your copyright with the United States Copyright Office (USCO) you are staking a powerful claim to ownership of your work under US federal law. A registered copyright owner can control who uses their work, under what terms and conditions it can be used, and can sell or transfer these rights as they see fit. The Copyright Owner can also use the United States Federal Courts to enforce any disputes regarding the copyrighted work and often can claim statutory damages for unlicensed use of the copyrighted work. Your work is valuable, as the creator of the work you have certain rights, the first step in enforcing your rights is a United States Copyright Office Registration.

Once you complete your registration on the US Copyright Office (USCO) will mail you an official certificate of Copyright registration. USCO processing times vary, but most registrations are mailed within 90 days.

Many different kinds of creative works can be Copyrighted with the US Copyright Office using our simple system.

Photographs (jpg etc etc )
Written music & Lyrics
Fine Art Work
Music a movie or TV show
Writing such as poetry, fiction, reference manuals, textbooks, articles
Technical drawings and schematics
Websites, blogs, newsletters and other online materials
Recordings of music performances
Film, video, TV shows, animations
Advertising copy
Computer programs

Right now you can use the system to file a “One Work - One Author” Copyright Registration in the United States.

Eligibility Criteria for Filing a One Work - One Author Copyright Registration

1. You are registering one work (such as one poem, one song, or one photograph).
This application cannot be used to register multiple works, such as a book of poetry, a CD of songs, or a portfolio of photographs. Likewise, it cannot be used to register a collective work, a compilation, a database, or a website.

2. This work was created by one individual.
This application cannot be used if this work -- or any part of this work -- was created or co-created by two or more people.

3. All of the material contained within the work must be created by the same individual.
This application cannot be used if this work contains any material that was created or co-created by two or more people - even if you do not intend to register that material and even if you intend to exclude that material from this claim.

If you want to submit Group Registrations, Works with Multiple Authors, Derivative Works or other types of Copyright Registrations, please contact our team of experts and we’ll get started right away.

For One Work - One Author Copyright Registrations, the USCO defines various categories. Please choose carefully! An incorrect category designation can onvalidate your registration!

Literary Work
Select Literary Work if you are registering a nondramatic literary work. Literary Works include a wide variety of works such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, textbooks, reference works, directories, catalogs, advertising copy, compilations of information, computer programs and databases.

Work of the Visual Arts
Select Work of the Visual Arts if you are registering a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work. Visual Arts works include two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art; photographs; prints and art reproductions, maps; technical drawings; and architectural works.

Work of the Performing Arts
Select Work of the Performing Arts if you are registering a musical work (with or without lyrics); a dramatic work, such as a screenplay, play or other script; a pantomime; or a choreographic work. Note: If the work includes a sound recording and if you intend to register that element of the work, select Sound Recording as the type of work.

Sound Recording
Select Sound Recording if you are registering a sound recording. Also, select Sound Recording if you are registering both a sound recording and the underlying musical, dramatic, or literary work(s) that is embodied in that recording. Note: To register both the sound recording and the work embodied in that recording on one application, the copyright claimant must own all rights in both works.

Note: Under the copyright law, the sounds that accompany a motion picture or other audiovisual work are not considered a sound recording. Select Motion Picture/Audiovisual as the “Type of Work” register the sounds accompanying a motion picture or an audiovisual work.

Motion Picture/Audiovisual Work
Select Motion Picture/AV Work if you are registering a feature film, documentary film, animated film, television show, video, videogame, or other audiovisual work. An audiovisual work is a work that consists of a series of related images that are intended to be shown by the use of a machine or device, together with accompanying sounds, if any.

Works That Include More Than One Type of Authorship
If you are registering more than one type of authorship in a work, select the Type of Work that best matches the predominant authorship appearing in that work. For example, if you are registering a book that is mostly text and also contains a few photographs, select Literary Work. Or, if you are registering a book that is mostly photographs and contains a small amount of text, select Visual Arts. If the two types are almost equal, choose either Type of Work.

EXCEPTION: For any registration that includes a claim in sound recording, select Sound Recording as the Type of Work, whether or not the sound recording is the predominant type of authorship in that work.

If a work contains more than one type of authorship, but you are registering only one element of the work, select the Type of Work that corresponds to the element you are registering. For example, if a book is mainly text with one photograph, but you are registering only the photograph, select Visual Arts as the Type of Work.


.db (Database File)
.mdb (Microsoft Access Database)
.xls (Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)
.mid, .midi, .rmi (Musical Digital Interface)


.bmp (Bitmap Image)
.dwg (AutoCAD Drawing)
.dwf (Autodesk Design)
.gif, .giff (Graphics Interchange Format)
.jpg, .jpeg, .jfif (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
.pic, .pict (Picture File)
.png (Portable Network Graphic)
.psd (Photoshop Document)
.pub (Microsoft Publisher)
.tga (Targa Graphic)
.tif, .tiff (Tagged Image File Format)
.wmf (Windows Metafile)


.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)
.mov (quicktime)
.mpg, .mpeg (Moving Picture Experts Group)
.rm, .rv (Real Media File)
.swf (Adobe Flash formerly Shockwave Flash)
.wmv (windows media video)
.3gp, (.3gpp) (Third Generation Partnership Project; Multimedia Container Format)
.m4v (Apple Video Container File Format)
.flv (Flash Video Format)


.doc (Microsoft Word Document)
.docx (Microsoft Word Open XML Document)
.htm, .html (HyperText Markup Language)
.pdf (Portable Document Format)
.rtf (Rich Text Document)
.txt (Text File)
.fdr (Final Draft)


.pps, .ppt (Microsoft Power Point)


.cab (Windows Cabinet File)
.rar (Compressed Archive)
.zip (Zipped File)

You can register up to 10 individual works of the same type per Copyright Registration. For photographs, you can register up to 750 works per registration.

No. Just upload your file, follow the instructions, and your account details will be sent by email when your first Copyright Registration is complete.

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