Process for Registering a Copyright

Cite this article as: Jason Mance Gordon, "Process for Registering a Copyright," in The Business Professor, updated January 23, 2015, last accessed April 1, 2020,
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Copyright registration is done through the US Copyright Office (USCO). It can be completed either electronically or through the mail. The process requires the completion of the specific forms applicable to the type or category of copyrightable work. These forms lay out the required material for each type of copyright. Once all required material is delivered, the USCO will review it and, if acceptable, issue a certificate of copyright.

•    Note: The holder of a copyright can also file the copyright registration with the US Customs Service in an effort to prevent the importation of infringing work.

•    Discussion: Can you think of any benefits associated with filing a copyright? (Hint: Think about the benefits of registering other types of intellectual property.)

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