You can register your work and get a copyright by yourself or purchase copyright assistance from Carson Patents. Note that these 3 steps are the U.S. Copyright Office’s steps to get a work registered, not our steps to copyright. In other words, this is how simple it is to register a copyright on your own.

The 3 steps to copyright are: [1] complete the application, [2] pay the application fee, and [3] deposit work. Initially, start by filling out the application via the Registration Portal on the U.S Copyright Office’s website. Secondly, pay the application fee. Finally, make a deposit of the work by uploading a copy of it.

The Steps To Copyright Registration

How to Get a Copyright Registered in 3 Steps

Total Approximate Time 14 days

Complete the Application

Complete Application

The first step to registering your work and getting a copyright is to fill out the application. We recommend filing out the copyright registration application online. You can get printable forms from the U.S. Copyright Office’s website. But note, that the filing fee for submitting a paper filing is nearly twice the fee for filing online.

There is a minimum of information needed to register a copyright. Basically all you need is: the title of the work, the name, birth date, nationality or domicile, and the nature of the authorship (whether it was made for hire), the creation date, publication date, the name and address of the claimant (usually the author or artist).

Access and complete the application in the Registration Portal. The U.S. Copyright Office website will guide you through the application and provide additional information.

Pay the Application Filing Fee

Pay The Application Fee

The second step to registering your work and getting a copyright is to pay the U.S Copyright Office filing fee. We recommend filing out the copyright registration application online and paying the filing fee online when the application is submitted.

The filing fee will cost between $45 and $125 when registering for the copyright protection yourself. If you pay online the cost is only $45 if you are the author, the claimant, the work was not made for hire, and you are registering only one work. All other online filings are $65.

Note: The U.S Copyright Office filing fee goes up to $125 if you get the forms, print them, and file by mail.

Deposit a Copy of the Work

Deposit A Copy Of The Work

The third step to registering your work and getting a copyright is to make a deposit of the work. If you are filing online, depositing the work means uploading a copy of it. By mail, a copy must be sent to the the U.S Copyright Office.

Note: you may not need to make a deposit, however, if your work is already published. Moreover, protection of a work through the U.S. Copyright Office is inexpensive.

Estimated Cost: 45 USD


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