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The right given to the author of artistic and intellectual works is termed "copyright." The owner is the only person who has the right to reproduce work and distribute copies. The owner also has the right to keep others from trying to reproduce the entire or part of the work. Once the work is created or documented, the copyright belongs to the owner or creator of the art or intellectual property. If the case involves an employer and employee, the employer owns the copyright. It is defined as "work made for hire."

How it Works

The copyrights are registered only by the copyright office of the Library of Congress. It is the only source where you can get your certificates of registration, if you are approved. If you wish to apply for a copyright, you can just fill in the application form and send it to the Library of Congress. You must also enclose the fee for registering and two copies of the work along with the application. This must be done within three months from the date of the first publication.

You can also download and fill the application online in the copyright office website.

The copyright office takes immediate action for registration as soon it receives the necessary information. It is advisable that you send the application through a certified mail to know about the date they receive the application. Finally, you will receive the certificate of registration.


The copyright to the owner is assumed soon after the idea or music is created. So, the copyright gives the owner rights to take legal action against anyone who tries to reproduce their ideas. The copyright actually serves as a proof of your ownership of the work in case someone else claims your work as theirs. The overall benefit of owning a copyright is to prevent others from copying your idea without legal repercussions.


You will be required to pay less than one hundred dollars for registering a copyright. Once you pay the fees and send the application, you have the registered copyright. You can also call the office to ensure that they have received your application. Usually, a copyright attorney will not be needed. In case you hire one, you may have to pay them the service charges and application fees.


The decision to obtain a registered copyright completely depends on the individual. The individual owner off the work can decide to apply for a copyright at any time that he wishes to get it. After the copyright has been received, any reproduction of the work can be legally treated.

Last Updated: December 26, 2011
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