Frequently Asked Questions

Copyright Registry Address
3462 Hancock Bridge Pkwy
N. Ft Myers Fl 33903
What does copyright protect?
Copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.
Can I add to a registration that is pending?
You cannot add to pending copyright registrations.  You will have to make a new registration for the new material.  It is not possible to make a blanket copyright registration that would cover future works by an author.  Copyright registration protects only the version of the work that was submitted with the application and filing fee, but will extend to protection to minor changes or additions made.  So therefore, new versions of work and new works will require new and separate registrations.
Can I copyright a name?
Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases.  You will have to look into Trade marking.
Is Copyright good in other countries?
The United States has copyright relations with almost all countries throughout the world, and as a result of these agreements, the US honors each other’s citizens’ copyrights. However, the US doesn’t have such copyright relationships with every country.
Can you make changes to a pending copyright registration?
You may make a new claim in your work if the changes are substantial and creative, something more than just editorial changes or minor changes.  For example, simply making spelling corrections throughout a work does not warrant a new registration, but adding an additional chapter would.
Can you copyright a logo?
Copyright protection may be available for logo artwork that contains sufficient authorship. In some instances, an artistic logo may also be protected as a trademark. Many have to submit the logo to the US copyright office to see whether the logo gets approved or denied.
Can I mail in my work?
Yes, we will have to register your work before sending you the shipping slip.   The shipping slip not only contains the address to where you will send your work, but also has your case number on it.  When the Library of Congress receives your work in the mail, they match up your case number on the shipping slip to the online system we have registered your work in.  You must mail your work in within 30 days of the case date listed on the shipping slip.
How long will it take for me to receive my copyright certificate?
The waiting time for all applicants for the certificate is 5 months to a year. Since we are registering you online, it most likely will be sooner.  Keep in mind that once we register your work, it is protected.  You do not have to wait for the certificate to proceed with publication.
Can I register more than one song in one registration?
Yes, you can register more than one song in one registration.  For instance, many register a whole album under one registration.  The same will go for book series, photographs, etc.
Does sending a copy of your own work to yourself (poor man’s copyright) protect my work?
No.  This is not a substitute for copyright registration.
Can I submit a CD-ROM of my work?
Yes.  It must consist of the best edition of the CD-ROM package of any work, including the accompanying operating software, instruction manual, and a printed version, if included in the package.
Does my work have to be published to be protected?
No, it does not have to be published for protection.
Can I copyright my website?
Yes.  The original authorship that appears on a website may be protected by copyright. This includes text, artwork, photographs, and other forms of authorship protected by copyright
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