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Copyright Your Work

The Copyright Law of the United States tries to encourage the creation of art and culture by rewarding authors and artists with a set of exclusive rights. Copyright law grants authors and artists the exclusive right to make and sell copies of their works, the right to create derivative works, and the right to perform or display their works publicly. These exclusive rights are subject to a time limit, and generally expire 70 years after the author’s death.


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Basic Registrations
Registrations online

Single Application (single author, same claimant, one work, not for hire)
Standard Application (all other filings)



Registrations on paper

Paper filing on Form TX, Form VA, Form PA, Form SE, and Form SR


Renewal Registrations
For works published or registered before January 1, 1978

Form RE

Addendum to Form RE (in addition to fee for claim) $100

Group Registrations
Form SE/Group (serials) (per issue, with minimum 2 issues) $25
Form G/DN (daily newspapers and qualified newsletters) $80
Form GR/PPh/CON (published photographs) (up to 750 published photographs can be identified on form GR/PPh/CON with a single filing fee) $65
Group automated database updates (paper application only) $85
Online registration of groups of published photographs (pilot program, see sl-39) $55
Form GR/CP (contributions to periodicals) $85

Supplementary Registrations
Form CA (to correct or amplify a completed registration) $130
Form DC (to correct a design registration) $100

Preregistration of certain unpublished works $140

Other Registrations
Form D-VH (vessel hull designs) $400
Form GATT $85
Form MW (mask works) $120


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