The Library of Congress publishes a series of Copyright Circulars that are intended to address and answer all issues and questions related to Copyright. The Government Publications Department has the Circulars on file in paper format.

Source: United States Copyright Office homepage

No, copyright registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, section Copyright Registration.

 



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These forms are for registering two different types of copyrightable subject matter that may be embodied in a recording. Form PA is used for the registration of music and/or lyrics (as well as other works of the performing arts). Form SR is used for registering a particular performance and production of a sound recording. See Circular 50 and Circular 56a.

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Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks. Contact the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office at (800) 786-9199 for further information. However, copyright protection may be available for logo art work that contains sufficient authorship. In some circumstances, an artistic logo may also be protected as a trademark.



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Copyright forms for songwriters are available in the Music Department and in the Government Publications Department. Copyright Forms are also available online from the U.S. Copyright Office website.

Note: The U.S. Copyright Office forms must be printed on BOTH sides of a single sheet of paper to be accepted.

 

The copyright law of the United States in incorporated in Title 17 of the United States Code. The Copyright Law page of the Copyright Office site has Title 17 and summarizes recent changes in copyright law. The Government Publications Department has the United States Code in print.



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You may access the Copyright Office homepage online.



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The Government Publications Department has forms and instructions available for TX, SR, PA, VA and CA forms.  If you are registering a basic claim, you may be interested in filing electronically, which is cheaper and faster than paper filing.

Copyright forms are available on the Copyright Office Web site, and in the Government Publications Department.

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The Copyright Office has a Frequently Asked Questions file that will answer questions that are not answered here.  You may also call the Copyright Office at 1-877-476-0778.



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