Literary Work

Select Literary Work if you are registering a nondramatic literary work. Literary Works include a wide variety of works such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, textbooks, reference works, directories, catalogs, advertising copy, compilations of information, computer programs and databases*. Note: This category also includes an article published in a serial, but does not include an entire issue of a periodical or other serial.

* This type of Literary Work must be registered using the Standard Application.

Work of the Visual Arts

Select Work of the Visual Arts if you are registering a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work. Visual Arts works include two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art; photographs; prints and art reproductions, maps; technical drawings; and architectural* works.

* This type of Visual Arts work must be registered using the Standard Application.

Work of the Performing Arts

Select Work of the Performing Arts if you are registering a musical work (with or without lyrics); a dramatic work, such as a screenplay, play or other script; a pantomime*; or a choreographic* work. Note: If the work includes a sound recording and if you intend to register that element of the work, select Sound Recording as the type of work.

* This type of Performing Arts work must be registered using the Standard Application.

Sound Recording

Select Sound Recording if you are registering a sound recording. Also, select Sound Recording if you are registering both a sound recording and the underlying musical, dramatic, or literary work(s) that is embodied in that recording. Note: To register both the sound recording and the underlying work that is embodied in that recording on one application, the copyright claimant must own all rights in both the sound recording and the underlying works.

Note: Under the copyright law, the sounds that accompany a motion picture or other audiovisual work are not defined as a sound recording. Select Motion Picture/Audiovisual as the “Type of Work” to register the sounds accompanying a motion picture or an audiovisual work.

Motion Picture/Audiovisual Work

Select Motion Picture/AV Work if you are registering a feature film, documentary film, animated film, television show, video, videogame, or other audiovisual work. An audiovisual work is a work that consists of a series of related images that are intended to be shown by the use of a machine or device, together with accompanying sounds, if any.

Works That Include More Than One Type of Authorship

If you are registering more than one type of authorship in a work, select the Type of Work that corresponds to the predominant material. For example, if you are registering a book that is mostly text and also contains a few photographs, select Literary Work. Or, if you are registering a book that is mostly photographs and contains a small amount of text, select Visual Arts. If the two types are almost equal, choose either Type of Work. EXCEPTION: For any registration that includes a claim in sound recording, select Sound Recording as the Type of Work, whether or not the sound recording is predominant.

If a work contains more than one type of authorship but you are registering only one element in it, select the Type of Work that corresponds to the element you are registering. For example, if a book is mainly text with one photograph, but you are registering only the photograph, select Visual Arts as the Type of Work.


Single Serial Issue

Serials are works issued in successive parts bearing numerical or chronological designations and intended to be continued indefinitely. Examples are periodicals, newspapers, magazines, bulletins, newsletters, annuals, journals, proceedings of societies, and other similar works.

Select “Single Serial Issue” if you are registering a serial that has been published. If the serial issue has not been published, select “Literary Work”.

Note that registration for a serial issue covers only the content of that particular issue. A claim to copyright in a single issue of a serial does not give blanket protection for other issues published under the same serial title. Each issue is considered a separate work for copyright purposes. For example, registration of “vol. 1, no. 1” of Country Doctor applies only to that issue and not to “vol. 1, no. 2.”

The deposit requirement for a single serial issue is two copies of the serial issue being registered. (Send only one copy if the issue was first published outside of the United States.)

Serials, which are frequently published, may be registered as a group if they meet the requirements for a group registration accommodation. For more information about Group Registration of Newspapers and Newsletters click here . For more information about Group Registration of Serial Issues click here . If you determine you are eligible to register a group claim, click “Home” and choose “Register a Group Claim”.

Incorrect Type of Work Selected

The Type of Work you select determines the options that will be available as you complete the application. 

Once selected, the Type of Work selection cannot be changed.  If the Type of Work selected is incorrect, you will need to begin a new application: 

You should also discard the unused application: