Types of Works

Learn more about the types of works that can be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. Select a category below to view helpful resources related to the type of works registered with the U.S. Copyright Office as well as instructions on how to register

Person writing on notepad; computer in background

Literary Works

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Articles, Periodicals

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Musician with guitar writing musical notation

Performing Arts

Music, Lyrics, Sound Recordings, Scripts, Stage Plays

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Artist painting on easel

Visual Arts

Artwork, Illustrations, Jewelry, Fabric, Architecture

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Programmer coding program

Other Digital Content

Computer Programs, Databases, Blogs, Websites

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Director filming with video camera

Motion Pictures

Movies, TV Shows, Video Games, Animation, Videos

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Photographer with camera


News Photos, Selfies, Wedding Photos, Family Photos

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