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Learn about the basics of copyright with our new online reference page.
The electronic Copyright System (eCO) is back online, and applications and services are working normally. The Register of Copyrights updated a declaration of a disruption that indicates an outage existed from 5 p.m. August 12, 2021, until 6 a.m. eastern time on August 29, 2021. The Declaration Page includes instructions for affected applicants to request an adjustment of their effective date of registration.
Beginning July 8, on-site services at the U.S. Copyright Office will open to the public by appointment only. To submit claims, request certified copies of certificates or copyright deposits, or conduct other in-person business, please make an appointment here. Note: Due to renovations, the Copyright Public Records Reading Room remains temporarily closed.
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We accept certain types of documents for filing and indexing into our public records.Learn More
View current Copyright Law of the United States and related laws contained in Title 17 of the U.S.Code.Learn More
- Coronavirus Updates
Operations updates during the COVID-19 pandemic
- U.S. Copyright Law
Title 17 of the U.S. Code
- Code of Federal Regulations
Title 37, Chapter II
- Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices
- Copyright Modernization
Modernization efforts across the entire Office
- Music Modernization Act
Background and implementation steps
- Copyright Small Claims
Learn about the Copyright Claims Board
Upcoming Copyright Office public events
- Copyright Office Welcomes New Ringer Fellow | September 21
- Registration Now Open for October Event on Machine Learning and Copyright | September 17
- Accommodation for Copyright Office Correspondence Deadlines between August 10 and September 9 | September 8
- Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency | September 8
- Small Claims Procedures for Library and Archives Opt-Outs and Class Actions | September 2
- News archive
The Music Modernization Act
This featured video highlights The Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (Music Modernization Act) the most significant piece of copyright legislation in decades and updates our current laws to reflect modern consumer preferences and technological developments in the music marketplace.