Copyright Registration of Periodicals, Newspapers, and Magazines
Periodicals, Newspapers, and Magazines Copyright Overview
After months and months of researching, interviewing, and pounding the pavement, you've finally been able to publish a series of investigative news articles on the upcoming presidential election. While you may not be winning the Pulitzer Prize, you do want to preserve the ownership rights in all your hard work.
That's where copyright protection comes into play for a number of printed materials including periodicals, newspapers, and magazines. As an author, if you don't register your work, it still receives basic copyright protection against infringement and you may be able to collect damages. However, if you register your work, you may be able to collect money damages up to a statutory limit and have to jump through fewer hoops, such as proving the harm caused to you.
Follow along as FindLaw leads you step-by-step through how to register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office. Remember, serial works are issued or intended to be issued in successive parts bearing numerical or chronological designations and are intended to be continued indefinitely. For more information, visit FindLaw's Intellectual Property section.
Select the appropriate application for your work:
Put into one envelope or package:
- The completed application form;
- Pay the nonrefundable filing fee to the "Register of Copyrights."
- Single issue and group registration have various filing fees,
- Nonreturnable copy(ies) of the material to be registered. See Special Deposit Requirements for details on deposit requirements for single issues, a group of issues, and a group of newspapers or newsletters.
Send the package to:
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000
Your registration becomes effective on the day that the Copyright Office receives your application, payment, and copy(ies) in acceptable form. If your submission is in order, you will receive a certificate of registration in 4 to 5 months.
For more details, please see:
- U.S. Copyright Office Circular 62: Copyright Registration for Serials,
- Circular 62a: Group Registration of Newspapers and Newsletters on Form G/DN, and
- Other informational circulars.
We spend so much time in front of our computers doing everything from scrolling Facebook to reading the latest headline news. Why not save yourself the hassle of dealing with the U.S. Postal Service and file online? It is easy, convenient, and you can pay with your credit or debit card.
How a Lawyer Can Help you with Copyright Protections
As a journalist, blogger, feature writer or other skilled wordsmith, your job is to write. Let a legal expert help you register your work with the correct federal office or file a lawsuit for infringement, if necessary. Contact an experienced intellectual property attorney in your state to assist you with all the legal red tape so you can spend more time writing and less time worrying.