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Copyright Registration

In general, original works of authorship are protected under United States copyright law from the moment they are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Filing a copyright registration is a legal formality, which is not a condition of copyright protection. Even so, the copyright law provides several advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration. Circular 1 published by the United States Copyright Office summarizes these advantages and provides instructions for preparing and filing a copyright registration application. (See Circular 1 , p. 7.)

Additional information about the copyright registration process is provided at the Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) Registration System webpage . The filing fee can vary based on the type of application, as set forth on the Copyright Office Schedule of Fees .