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Copyright: Copyrighting Works You Created

Copyright Information - Not Legal Advice

Note that the author of this guide is not an attorney and is providing only information on copyright. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please see an attorney.

When is your work copyrighted?

Your work is copyrighted from the instant it is put in a tangible form.

Registering your copyright

Why should you register your copyright?

Registering copyright on your work gives you certain privileges.

  • Put the facts of a copyright in the public record
  • Be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's fees in successful litigation
  • If registration is finished within 5 years of publication, registration is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law.

How do I register my work?

Literary Works

  • Fill in the form online and submit it
  • Pay the required fee
  • Submit a copy of the work
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