Copyright Registration

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Our online form has been designed to be fast and easy to use, but we understand that copyright is a complex matter, so feel free to contact us with questions, and we’ll personally walk you through the process at no extra charge. See “Why Use Copyright Counselors” for more information on how using an Attorney experienced in Copyright Law can be helpful.

To hire Copyright Counselors, LLC to register your copyright, just complete and submit the below form, along with the required payment and the necessary deposit material. Here's How It Works

* The below information and form is not intended to replace the U.S. Copyright Office electronic filing system and does not duplicate the U.S. Copyright Office electronic form copyright registration application.
  • This electronic form is only intended to gather the necessary information for the types of works that Copyright Counselors agrees to register on your behalf.
  • The U.S. Copyright Office electronic form may allow for registration of additional types of works.





Question 1: Is your work eligible for electronic copyright registration through this form?

Certain works of original authorship may be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office by electronic application. This form is designed for three categories of work that qualify for copyright registration electronic application. Please review them here.

Other types of works Do Not qualify for this type of electronic filing with the U.S. Copyright Office, including:
  • most group registrations; and
  • registrations of certain previously published works, such as
    • works originally published before January 1, 1978.
    • published material which will require hard copy deposit material mailed to the U.S. Copyright Office; or
    • computer programs or software.

  • Please note that Copyright does not extend to company or brand names, or to advertising text slogans. However, Trademark protection may apply if they are used in commerce in connection with the owner’s goods and services.

  • Also, where a two dimensional logo or design contains text or an advertising slogan, copyright protection will only extend to the original authorship in the copyrighted work and not to the text or slogan itself.

* If your work was originally published before January 1, 1978, is a collection or group, published material which will require hard copy deposit material mailed to the U.S. Copyright Office, or a computer program or software, or you are not sure if it qualifies as one of the above or have other questions, please contact us at admin@copyrightcounselors.com. to discuss how to properly assist you with your copyright registration issue and please do not fill out this form as Copyright Counselors, LLC will be unable to file your copyright registration using this form.

Question 3: What is the title of your work to be registered?

This is what you choose to publicly call your work or collection or collective work with the U.S. Copyright Office and can be anything you wish.

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Question 4: Has your work been published?

This is a complicated issue. If you are still unsure whether your work has been published after reviewing the information provided below, contact Copyright Counselors at admin@copyrightcounselors.com

Under U.S. Copyright Law, “publication” is:

  • the distribution of copies or phonorecords of a work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  • the offering to distribute copies or phonorecords to a group of persons for purposes of further distribution, public performance, or public display constitutes publication; or
  • a public performance or display of a work does not of itself constitute publication.


Publication is Not:

  • simply displaying a work on a website without also offering copies of it for sale/ license/ distribution;
  • the sale of an original work, not a copy or copies (unless the terms of sale also include authorization to reproduce and distribute or sell copies of the work).

A more detailed explanation can be found in the U.S. Copyright Office Circular 1 at http://copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

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Question 5: Name of individual author or organization which authored copyright to be registered?


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Made for Hire - All work created by an employee is generally work made for hire of their employer, if it prepared within the scope of their employment. Similarly, the work of an independent contractor can be specially commissioned work made for hire if there is an agreement executed by the author stating that it is.
If you are unsure whether your work is work made for hire, review U.S. Copyright Office Circular 9 at http://copyright.gov/circs/circ09.pdf, or contact Copyright Counselors at admin@copyrightcounselors.com.


Question 6: What is the author’s contribution to this work?


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Other could include numerous things, including without limitation motion picture, video, lyrics, music, etc.

Question 7: Who is the copyright claimant?

The author of the work is the copyright claimant unless it was work made for hire. If you created the work and have not transferred it to some other party, you are probably the claimant.

  A copyright claimant can also be:
  • a person or organization that buys or inherits the copyright; or
  • the owner of an exclusive right to a copyright, such as an exclusive licensee.

  If you are unsure who the proper claimant is for this work is, see U.S. Copyright Office Circular 1 at http://copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf, or contact Copyright Counselors at admin@copyrightcounselors.com

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Transfer statement: If the claimant is not the author, enter the transfer statement below. Examples could include: “Transferred by assignment”, “transferred by contract”, “transferred in bankruptcy proceeding”, “transferred by will”, “transferred by operation of law/intestacy”, or “exclusive license of ____ right”. If you are unsure about whether you should enter a transfer statement, please contact Copyright Conuselors at admin@copyrightcounselors.com.

Question 8: Limitation of claim (leave blank if there is no limitation of claim or new material added)?

You must limit your claim of copyright if:
  • you are not the author or claimant of all of the work being registered, or
  • if the work is based upon a pre-existing published work, a pre-existing registered work, or a work in the public domain.

    If you are unsure about whether you should limit your copyright claim below, please contact Copyright Counselors at admin@copyrightcounselors.com.

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    Other could include numerous things, including without limitation motion picture, video, lyrics, music, etc.







  • Other could include numerous things, including without limitation motion picture, video, lyrics, music, etc.

    Question 9: Rights and Permission information?

    This is where you enter the contact information for yourself or another party who is to be contacted if someone wishes to license or buy your copyright.

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    Question 10: Certificate of Registration Mailing Address?

    This is where the U.S. Copyright Office will mail your Certificate of Registration.

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    11. Attach Your File.
    Acceptable file types: doc, docx, pdf, txt, gif, jpg, jpeg, png.


    Acceptable file types: doc,docx,pdf,txt,gif,jpg,jpeg,png.
    Maximum file size: 25mb.