Filing Options for Copyright Office Services


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Library of Congress buildings have been closed and the U.S. Copyright Office has implemented extended telework requirements to reduce the number of onsite staff to essential personnel who come into the Office for the minimum amount of time necessary. In addition, the Office is aware that restrictions impeding mobility and temporary closures of businesses are limiting the public’s ability to access Office services.


To mitigate the impact of these restrictions, the Office is expanding its capabilities to receive electronic submissions for more services. The Office already permits online filing for most types of registration applications, and it strongly encourages applicants to file through the electronic registration system (“eCO”) as the most efficient and cost-effective method of registering claims in copyright. To further assist persons affected by the national emergency, the Office has implemented new electronic submission options for certain additional services, as indicated below. In addition, the Office recently adopted a final rule to facilitate electronic submission for other Office services as administrative processes are established.


The following charts summarize current submission options, including the new emergency electronic options, for various Copyright Office services. For services where an email submission option is provided, a member of the Office will respond to the request with instructions on how to submit payment. Attachments submitted by email must be submitted in a format that can be accepted through the Office’s email system and processed by staff. Attachments are limited to a maximum total file size of 10MB.


A PDF version of the charts is also available.


Please note:The copyright registration options below provide information on how an application may be submitted to the Office. Applicants using these options still must comply with any applicable best edition requirements, including the submission of a physical deposit where required. For temporary relief for claims with physical deposits, see https://www.copyright.gov/coronavirus/.

SERVICE TYPE PHYSICAL SUBMISSIONS ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS

Most Registration Applications

(Standard/Single applications: VA, TX, PA, SR, Single Serial Issues; Group registration applications: GRUPH, GRPPH, GRCP, Group serials, newspapers, newsletters, unpublished works, photographic databases); supplementary registrations for these applications

Applicants are strongly encouraged to file electronic applications through the eCO system; paper permitted for Standard VA, TX, PA, SR, and SE claims, but check rules for specific application type and applicable deposit requirements

eCO online registration system

https://eco.copyright.gov

Preregistration

Electronic only.

eCO online registration system

https://eco.copyright.gov

https://www.copyright.gov/prereg/

Other registration applications

(vessel designs, group registration of updates to non-photographic databases); and supplementary registrations or corrections for restored copyrights, renewal claims, or group registration of non-photographic databases

Complete applicable form and mail to the address provided. Copyright Office forms are available at

https://www.copyright.gov/forms/

For vessel designs and group registration of non-photographic databases, applicants also must comply with the applicable deposit requirements.

Complete applicable form and email the form to [email protected]

For vessel designs and group registration of non-photographic databases, include a PDF copy of the appropriate deposit with the email.

Special handling requests

(when submitting application)

Electronic only

(paper requests cannot be processed while the Office is closed)

eCO online registration system

https://eco.copyright.gov

For temporary relief for special handling requests for claims with physical deposits, see https://www.copyright.gov/coronavirus/

Requests for reconsideration of refusals to register and requests for cancellation

U.S. Copyright Office,
RAC Division;
P.O. Box 71380,
Washington, DC 20024-1380

Email request to:
[email protected]

Requests to reopen claims closed as a no reply

Electronic only

Submit online form available at:
https://www.copyright.gov/forms/reopen.html

Special relief requests from Copyright Office deposit requirements under 17 U.S.C. § 408

Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practice,
U.S. Copyright Office,
P.O. Box 70400
Washington, DC 20024-0440

eCO online registration system: upload a cover letter or provide request in the “Note to Copyright Office” field

Requests also can be made through email correspondence with registration examiner

Special relief requests from mandatory deposit requirements under 17 U.S.C. § 407

Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practice,
U.S. Copyright Office,
P.O. Box 70400
Washington, DC 20024-0440

Requests can be made by email in response to a demand

SERVICE TYPE PHYSICAL SUBMISSIONS ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS

Request for special handling of documents submitted for recordation, including notices of termination

Special Handling Copyright RAC Division

P.O. Box 71380,
Washington, DC 20024-1380

Email the completed Special Handling Request Form, Form DCS or TCS (as applicable), document to be recorded, and Electronic Title List (if provided, must be validated using the ETL validator tool) to [email protected].


Special instructions: Please include “Special Handling” in the subject line of the email. If the request is a duplicate of a request that was physically sent to the Office following the closure of Library buildings, the subject line must clearly indicate that it is a “DUPLICATE SPECIAL HANDLING REQUEST.”

Notices of termination (standard, non-expedited processing)

Copyright Office-Notices of Termination

P.O. Box 71537,
Washington, DC 20024-1537

Email Form TCS and notice of termination to: [email protected]


Requests for special handling of notices of termination should be emailed to [email protected] and follow the special instructions above.

Declarations of Ownership in Musical Works (DOMWs)

Copyright Office–DOMW
P.O. Box 71537
Washington, DC 20024-1537

Email Form DCS, document to be recorded, and Electronic Title List to: [email protected]

Schedules of pre-72 sound recordings

Electronic only

Email cover sheet and schedule to:

[email protected]

Notices of Noncommercial Use/ Opt-out notices relating to pre-72 sound recordings

Electronic only

Email cover sheet and notice to:

[email protected]

Request for full-term retention of deposit

Library of Congress,
U.S. Copyright Office,
101 Independence Avenue SE.,
Washington, DC 20559-6000

Email request to:
[email protected]

SERVICE TYPE PHYSICAL SUBMISSIONS ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS

Section 111 filings

U.S. Copyright Office,
Attn: 111 Licenses,
101 Independence Avenue SE.,
Washington, DC 20559

[email protected]

Section 112 and 114 notices of use

U.S. Copyright Office,
P.O. Box 70977,
Washington, DC 20024-0400

[email protected]

Section 115 notices

U.S. Copyright Office,
P.O. Box 70977,
Washington, DC 20024-0400

[email protected]

Sections 119 and 122 statements of account;
Chapter 10 statements of account

U.S. Copyright Office,
SOA,
P.O. Box 70400,
Washington, DC 20024-0400

[email protected]

SERVICE TYPE PHYSICAL SUBMISSIONS ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS

General requests

(registration certificates, copies of applications, recorded documents, recordation certificates, etc.)

U.S. Copyright Office,
Records Research and Certification Section;
P.O. Box 70400,
Washington, DC 20559-0400

[email protected]

To request a copy estimate, use the online form:

https://www.copyright.gov/forms/copy_estimate.html

Search requests

U.S. Copyright Office,
Records Research and Certification Section;
P.O. Box 70400,
Washington, DC 20559-0400

[email protected]

To request a search estimate, use the online form:

https://www.copyright.gov/forms/search_estimate.html

Litigation statements

(requests for deposit materials)

U.S. Copyright Office,
Records Research and Certification Section;
P.O. Box 70400,
Washington, DC 20559-0400

Submit the form available at:

https://www.copyright.gov/forms/formlitigation.pdf by email to [email protected]

SERVICE TYPE PHYSICAL SUBMISSIONS ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS

Requests to remove PII from registration records

(registration certificates, copies of applications, recorded documents, recordation certificates, etc.)

U.S. Copyright Office,
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of the Office of Public Information and Education;
P.O. Box 70400,
Washington, DC 20024-0400

Email request to:
[email protected] with subject line “PII Request”

Section 512 DMCA designation of agent directory

No physical submissions permitted

Submit online at https://dmca.copyright.gov/osp/login.html

Requests to waive physical address requirement and substitute with P.O. Box in Section 512 DMCA agent directory

U.S. Copyright Office,
Office of the General Counsel,
U.S. Copyright Office,
P.O. Box 70400,
Washington, DC 20024-0400

Email request to:

[email protected]

Complaints served on the Register of Copyrights pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 411(a)

Court requests to the Register of Copyrights pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 411(b)

If submission of a request via email is not feasible, please contact the Office of the General Counsel by telephone during normal business hours at 202-707-8380.

Email:

[email protected]

Court notices to the Register of Copyrights pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 508

If submission of a notice via email is not feasible, please contact the Office of the General Counsel by telephone during normal business hours at 202-707-8380.

Email:

[email protected]

FOIA requests and appeals

P.O. Box 70400,
Washington, DC 20024-0400;

clearly labeled “Freedom of Information Act Request” or “Freedom of Information Act Appeal” as appropriate.

Email:

[email protected]

Notice to Libraries and Archives of Normal Commercial Exploitation or Availability at Reasonable Price

Library of Congress,
U.S. Copyright Office—NLA,
101 Independence Avenue SE.,
Washington, DC 20559-6000

Email:

[email protected]