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US Copyright Registration

Updated:2018-4-12 16:03:33    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:324

US copyright registration is the prerequisite of commencing any legal proceedings against copyright infringement. Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. This is usually only for a limited time. The exclusive rights are not absolute but limited by limitations and exceptions to copyright law, including fair use.

Any work published for the first time and within territory of the United States shall enjoy copyright within the United States. Any work published outside the United States and enjoys copyright under an agreement between the country to which the author belongs and the United States or under an international treaty to which both countries are parties, shall be protected by the laws of the United States.

Registration Categories for US Copyright
Written works;
Oral works;
Musical, dramatic, quyi, choreographic and acrobatic art works;
Works of fine-art and architecture;
Photographic works;
Cinematographic works and works created in a way similar to cinematography;
Drawings of engineering designs and product designs, maps, sketches and other graphic works as well as model works;
Computer software;
Other works as provided in law and administrative regulations.

Required Documents for US Copyright Registration
1. Application of legal entities: A copy of business license or business registration certificate;
2. Application of natural persons: identity proof of the applicant and identity document of the author;
3. Application Form (with signature of the applicant);
4. Name and address of the author;
5. Work description (Name, type, completion date and publication status of the work);
6. Power of Attorney (PoA).

Term of Validity
Application of a natural person: throughout the author’s life and 70 years hereafter;
Works completed on an employment/commission/anonym basis: 95 years since first publication or 120 years since completion.

Contact Us
If you have further inquires, please do not hesitate to contact Tannet at anytime, anywhere by simply visiting Tannet’s website, or calling Hong Kong hotline at 852-27826888 or China hotline at 86-755-82143422, or emailing to You are also welcome to visit our office situated in 16/F, Taiyangdao Bldg 2020, Dongmen Rd South, Luohu, Shenzhen, China.

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