Information on Copyright Law

Copyright is something we hear about all the time, but not something which is necessarily widely understood. Copyright is a legal right granted to the creator of an original piece of work which guarantees exclusive rights in the use and distribution of that piece of work to the creator. In other words, copyright is a form of intellectual property rights which applies, for a limited time, to certain forms of creative work. 

Different countries have different copyright legislation. The information on this page pertains to U.S copyright law. 

FAQ - Copyright Questions and Answers

How Much Does a Copyright Cost

Copyright Duration

Copyright Samples/Deposit (to be sent in with registration application)

How to Register

Copyright Publications



Contacting the Copyright Office 

Copyright forms and samples/deposits can be sent to: 

Registrar of Copyrights
Washington, D.C. 20559

If you know the number of the forms you wish to order, you may contact the office 24/7 at (202)707-9100.

Public Information Specialists can be reached between 8:30am-5:00pm EST at (202)287-8700.

For more information, see the Copyright Office's website.