Copyright Office Releases Online Registration of Claims

Copyright Office Releases Online Registration of Claims

1/7/2009
By: Jeremy J. Klobucar As of July 1, 2008, the Copyright Office offers online registration of claims to copyright. Online registration through the electronic Copyright Office is the preferred way to register basic claims for literary works; visual arts works; performing arts works, including motion pictures; sound recordings; and single serials. Online filing offers many advantages, including a lower filing fee; faster processing time; the ability to track the status of your claim online; the ability to securely pay by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright Office deposit account; and the ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into the electronic Copyright Office as electronic files. This procedure follows the Patent and Trademark Office's movement towards submission of filings electronically. Further, because copyright registration is a prerequisite to filing an action for copyright infringement and an award of actual and statutory damages, online registration allows one to expedite registration to satisfy this requirement. To register a claim electronically, go to the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov and click on the eCO logo or contact your Dickinson Wright IP Attorney.
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