How do I register my work with the U.S. Copyright Office?
Be sure that your work is eligible. The following shows who is eligible to register their copyright with the U.S. Copyright office:
On the date of first publication, one or more of the authors is a national or domiciliary of the United States, or is a national, domiciliary, or sovereign authority of a treaty party or is a stateless person wherever that person may be domiciled.
The work is first published in the United States or in a foreign nation that, on the date of first publication, is a treaty party. For purposes of this condition, a work that is published in the United States or a treaty party within 30 days after publication in a foreign nation that is not a treaty party shall be considered to be first published in the United States or such treaty party, as the case may be.
The work is first published by the United Nations or any of its specialized agencies, or by the Organization of American States.
The work is a foreign work that was in the public domain in the United States prior to 1996 and its copyright was restored under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA)
The work comes within the scope of a Presidential proclamation.
Download and print the proper form from the U.S. Copyright website (www.copyright.gov).
Send the completed application, the filing fee of $45.00 USD and 2 copies of your work to:
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20559-6000
Your registration with the copyright office takes effect the moment your application, fee, and 2 copies of your work arrive at the office. The copyright office will send a certificate of registration to your mailing address in approximately 4 months.
If you need further information, please visit the United States Copyright website at www.copyright.gov.