U.S. Copyright Office
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The U.S. Copyright Office is closed, and www.copyright.gov is not available due to the federal government shutdown effective 12:01 am ET, Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The Public Information Office and the Technical Support Desk of the Copyright Office are also closed.

If you would like to file a copyright registration online, select the Continue to eCO button below. Filing your claim now will help ensure the earliest possible effective date of registration, although copyright registrations will not be processed until the Copyright Office reopens.


For site security and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, deny service, otherwise cause damage or access non-public information. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the United States criminal code (18 U.S.C. 1030). Information regarding possible violations of law may be provided to law enforcement officials.

Privacy: Copyright Public Records

Personally identifying information, such as your address, telephone number, and email address, that is submitted on the registration application becomes part of the public record. Some information will be viewable in the Copyright Office’s on‑line databases that are available on the Internet. For this reason, you should provide only the information requested. Please do NOT provide any additional personal information that is not requested, such as your social security number or your driver’s license number. (Read more on privacy.)