Complete Form CO online using the link below, then print out two (2) copies: one for your files and one to submit. Do not attempt to print out a blank form. You must submit the original 2d bar code form only, not a photocopy. It cannot be altered by hand, as the information is embedded in the bar code. The online instructions are very helpful, so refer to them if you have questions. Most importantly, do not forget to sign the application.
Pay the fee
The current filing fee of $45 should be made payable to the "Register of Copyrights." As with the older forms, you may register more than one song, for example, as a collection and save yourself multiple application fees.
Prepare the deposit copy to be submitted with the application
For songs, you may submit either the full blown sheet music, or simply submit the recorded song on a CD. You will need to submit one (1) copy of the work if it is unpublishing (i.e., has not been distributed to public) or two (2) copies if it has been previously published. Remember to package your CD in the standard full-sized jewel boxes, as they are more likely to survive the mail irradiation process than CD's packaged in slim-line cases.
Mail your package to the Library of Congress
Mail all three elements, the application, the check and the deposit copy/ies in a package address to:
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20559-6233
Please note that this address is only for performing arts. The zip codes vary for other types of works, including Sound Recordings!
Receive your certificate
You should receive your official certificate in approximately 6 month to one year. Remember, however, that your copyright subsists from the moment it is fixed in tangible form. Registration with the government is necessary to file a lawsuit, give you the potential of obtaining statutory damages and getting attorneys fees from the infringer.
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