June 26, 2017

Copyright Forms

Your Copyrights

Copyright Notification Symble

In addition to the Copyright Office’s electronic filing systems, copyright applications can also still be filed by mail.  When filing electronically one of the most important things to remember is to make sure you use the proper filing formats as indicated below.  Because some of the following links have been designed and structured to take you to further resources which may be away from DigiPraise, be sure to BOOK MARK DigiPraise.net to avoid difficulty in finding your way back to DigiPraise.net

U.S. Copyright Office Forms

Primary Registration Method

Registration with Electronic Copyright Office (eCO)

To file a claim to copyright in your work, it is recommend you use the Copyright Office online system.

Before using the service, we recommend you first read eCO Acceptable File Types, eCO Tips, eCO FAQs, or eCO Tutorial (PowerPoint) eCO Tutorial (PDF).

Advantages include:

  • Lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim (for online filings only)
  • Fastest processing time
  • Online status tracking
  • Secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright Office deposit account
  • The ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files

Processing Time: The time the Copyright Office requires to process an application varies, depending on the number of applications the Office is receiving and clearing at the time of submission and the extent of questions associated with the application. Visit The LOC For Current Processing Times.

Login to eCO: eCO

Alternate Registration Methods

1) Registration with Paper Forms

The fees for a basic registration using one of these forms is $65 payable by check or money order. Form CON (continuation sheet for applications) is also still available in paper. Paper forms are also available by postal mail upon request mail.


Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Sound Recordings

Single Serials

2) Registration with Fill-In Form CO

Form CO, which replaces Forms TX, VA, PA, SE, and SR. Simply complete Form CO on your personal computer, print it out, and mail it along with a check or money order and a copy(ies) or your work. The fee for a basic registration on Form CO is $50.
Note: Form CO cannot be used for group registrations. Visit the LOC for more info regarding group registration forms.

Copyright Office application forms are available in PDF format and must be viewed with version 8 or higher of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program.

# Form CO
# Form CO Instructions
# Form CO FAQ

Important Note: Please inspect your printed form to confirm that 2-D barcodes like the one below appear on each page. The barcodes must appear clearly and be free of any distortions, smudges, or fading. If such problems appear and cannot be corrected after checking your printer, do not submit the form.

For more information visit The Library of Congress on the web.