6 Steps to Copyright

Reshma Shahabuddin
2 min readNov 22, 2022

Are you wondering how to copyright your work?

A copyright can protect your work by providing proof of creation and can strengthen the defense against copyright infringement by another entity.

First, check out my post on 10 lessons on self-publishing:

Today, I will share 6 steps on how to copyright your work.

# 1. Types of Applications

You can use the Standard Application to register most works.

Watch this video for the standard application:


Here are videos for other types of applications:


# 2. Register an Account

To get started registering your work, create an account in the Electronic Copyright Office (eCO) Registration System.


# 3. Submit Application

Step through the application process and enter all the required information.

  • Type of Work
  • Titles
  • Publication/Completion
  • Authors
  • Claimants
  • Limitation of Claim
  • Rights & Permissions
  • Correspondent
  • Mail Certificate
  • Special Handling
  • Certification
  • Review Submission

# 4. Pay Fee

Pay the required fee and submit your application.

# 5. Send Work

Determine if a physical or electronic copy is required and send a copy of your work being registered.

# 6. Copyright Certificate

When a copyright is registered, it is published in the U.S. Copyright Office’s searchable database.

Because it is a public record, it is easy for people to find and see that it is a copyrighted work.

You will also receive a certificate by mail.

That’s it!

My lessons are for informational purposes only.

If you are interested in copyrighting your work, here is a good place to start:


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