According to the
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artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished.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
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
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 Crash Course –
Administered by the
University of Texas. Copyright Tutorial.
Please send your questions and comments about these sites and suggestions for
other sites to