U.S. Copyright Office
Library of Congress
Search Request Estimate

The U.S. Copyright Office offers a search service for persons interested in investigating whether a work is under copyright protection and, if so, the facts of the copyright. For a fee of $200 per hour or fraction (2 hour minimum), the office will search its public records and provide a report of its findings. Based on the information you furnish below, we will provide an estimate of the total search fee before conducting the search.

Please be advised that there are limitations on searches and that searches are not always conclusive. More information is provided in Circular 22.

For questions and information, please contact:

Records, Research, and Certification Section
(202) 707-6850
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, eastern time
Fax: (202) 252-3485


Type of work:

Search information you require:
Registration  Renewal  Assignment  Address

Specifics of work to be searched:
Title(s):
Author:
Copyright Claimant:
(name in © notice)
Approximate Year of Publication/Creation:
Registration Number:
(if known)
Other Identifying Information:

Second Title, If Applicable

Type of work:

Search information you require:
Registration  Renewal  Assignment  Address

Specifics of work to be searched:
Title(s):
Author:
Copyright Claimant:
(name in © notice)
Approximate Year of Publication/Creation:
Registration Number:
(if known)
Other Identifying Information:

Third Title, If Applicable

Type of work:

Search information you require:
Registration  Renewal  Assignment  Address

Specifics of work to be searched:
Title(s):
Author:
Copyright Claimant:
(name in © notice)
Approximate Year of Publication/Creation:
Registration Number:
(if known)
Other Identifying Information:
Note: If your request contains more than 3 titles, please call (202) 707-6850 or fax your request to (202) 252-3485.

Estimates are based on the Copyright Office fee of $200 an hour (2 hour minimum). The more information you furnish as a basis for the search, the better service we can provide. The time between the date of our receipt of your fee for the search and your receipt of a report will vary from 2 - 6 weeks, or less depending on the nature of the search.

The Copyright Office is not permitted to act as an agent for copyright owners in the licensing or other disposition of their rights. Permission to use copyrighted material must be secured directly from the copyright owner or the owner's authorized agent.

Requests for searches on a regular or expedited basis can be charged to a credit card by phone.

Names, titles, and short phrases are not copyrightable.

Please read Circular 22 for more information on copyright searches.

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  Please allow 2-5 days for a response.
  Be sure to submit your request only once, duplicate requests run the risk of being filtered out.

 


Note: Copyright Office fees are subject to change. For current fees, please check our website, write the Copyright Office, or call (202) 707-3000.