Copyrights

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According to the STOPfakes.gov page on copyright, “A copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of ‘original works of authorship’ including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. A copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. The U.S. Copyright Office handles U.S. copyright registrations.”

For more information please visit the Library of Congress' Copyright Basics.

Copyright Office Registration Portal - Starting point for all things related to the registration of copyrights.  Choose a category from those shown on the page to find out more about the different works typically registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.  This page also provides a link to access the login page to the eCO (electronic Copyright Office) system.

Although the U.S. Copyright Office is encouraging electronic filing of copyright registrations through their eCO (electronic Copyright Office) system, registration and other forms are available for download at U.S. Copyright Office Forms.


Links to Copyright Websites

STOPfakes.gov – Copyright and protection from intellectual property theft information. Administered by U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Intellectual Property Rights.

U.S. Copyright Office – Copyright circulars, forms (which may be downloaded), and more. Copyright legislation (new and pending) and registration procedures are also discussed.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – This United Nations agency is "responsible for the promotion of the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among" member countries "and for the administration of various multilateral treaties dealing with the legal and administrative aspects of intellectual property."


Other Copyright Sites of Interest

Copyright & Fair Use – Copyright and fair use, legislation, treaties, links to other sites and an overview of copyright law.

Copyright Crash Course – Administered by the University of Texas. Copyright Tutorial


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