How to Register a Copyright (USA)
Although your work is copyrighted from the first stroke of the keystroke, you may want to pay to officially register your copyright. In our #5 Podcast, Literary Copyrights, I talked about registering your work for added protection. I created a video on (most) of the process of registration. The cost for Electronic Copyright Registration is $35, and the filing process is much faster; however, if you plan to send by traditional “snail mail” the cost is $50 with slower processing time.
The Copyright.gov payment form is secure and they do not maintain your CC information on file. For eCO (Electronic Copyright Office) Frequently Asked Questions, please visit http://www.copyright.gov/eco/faq.html. It also offers some troubleshooting solutions should you have issues with your filing.
Below is a short (5 minute) video on how to register your copyright. I wasn’t able to complete an entire process mainly due to not needing to actually register. However, if you have any questions regarding the process, please let us know and we would be happy to help or contact:
U.S. Copyright Office
101 Independence Ave. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000
(202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free)
NOTICE: This video and article discusses basic legal issues as an intent of interest only and is not designed as legal advice. Consult professional legal advice prior to acting on any information contained in this video.