The U.S. Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office is a division of the Library of Congress, an agency of the legislative branch
of the U.S. government.

Located in Washington D.C., the U.S. Copyright Office is an office of record, where claims to copyright are registered and where documents relating to copyright are recorded.

The Copyright Office examines the applications and deposit material submitted for the registration of copyright claims to determine their acceptability for registration under the provisions of the copyright law and Copyright Office regulations.


The U.S. Copyright Office is responsible for:

    • Administering the national copyright system.
    • Enforcing the mandatory deposit requirement of the Copyright Act.
    • Creating and maintaining a public record through copyright registration.
    • Advising and assisting the U.S. Congress in the development of copyright policy.
    • Providing public information and reference services about copyrights and recorded documents.
    • Representing the interests of the United States at international copyright meetings.
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