Copyright registration is a legal process that provides authors and creators with certain benefits and protections for their original creative works. While copyright protection automatically exists the moment a work is created and fixed in a tangible medium (such as writing a book on paper or typing it into a computer), registration offers additional advantages like it creates a public record of your ownership of the work. This can be helpful in case of disputes or legal issues regarding your work's ownership. Registration can serve as evidence of when your work was created, which can be important in cases of disputes or when determining the duration of copyright protection.
Copyright registration in one country can be used as a basis for seeking protection in other countries through international copyright agreements.
Your application for registration is filed with the Copyright Office who will issue registration certificate after verification. The process can take upto 4 to 16 weeks.
The duration of copyright protection is the lifetime of the author plus 60 years after the author's death.
The duration of copyright protection is the lifetime of the author plus 70 years after the author's death.