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Intellectual Property (IP): Copyright Registration

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Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?

"Section 4074 of the Copyright Act states that all works under copyright protection and published in the United States are subject to the mandatory deposit provision of the law. It requires the owner of the copyright or of the exclusive right of distribution to deposit two complete copies of the best edition within three months after the work is published."

Where can I find more information?

"The Office’s website has a page dedicated to mandatory deposits, including frequently asked questions (FAQs), and chapter 1500 of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition is all about deposits. For additional or application-specific questions, contact the Office directly via our contact form, by email at, or over the phone at (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll-free)."

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