How to Register a Copyright for Lace and Embroidery


The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress handles copyright registration for all types of visual arts works, including lace and embroidery. This article explains how to register a copyright for your work in these two fields.

Pick the Correct Form

Before you register your copyright, you need to choose the right form. The U.S. Copyright Office provides three different forms: Form PA, Form VA and Form TX.

Form PA is used to register a published or unpublished work of pictorial artwork (such as paintings, drawings, photographs, etchings) or graphic art (such as prints made from woodcuts). It can also be used for works of sculpture if they are three-dimensional in nature and meet certain requirements.

Form TX is used only when you want to claim an interest in a deposit account at the Library of Congress but do not want to submit any material for registration at this time.

The forms are available on the U.S. Copyright Office website at The forms can be downloaded and used to register a copyright, but you must sign the form in front of a notary public or Maryland State judge (or have it signed for you by someone who is already authorized to do so) before submitting it to the Copyright Office.

Complete the Application

After you have prepared your pattern material and made sure that it contains the necessary elements, you are ready to apply for a copyright. You can do this by completing an application form at the U.S. Copyright Office website. Make sure that you fill out all of the required information on their application form before submitting it. You will also be asked to submit two copies of your work along with your application fee or printable fee waiver request form and mail them in together.

In order to complete your application, make sure that:

  • Your name appears in the line labeled “Name” as either(1) an individual or sole proprietorship.(2) if there is no individual owner listed under sole proprietorship, then write “By” followed by their organization’s legal name and address.

    (3) if there is no individual owner listed under sole proprietorship and no organization’s legal name and address appear after ‘by’, then write “On Behalf Of” followed by how they are representing themselves (i.e., company name).

If applicable, also check off (where applicable) whether this is an original work being registered for first time registration only or supplemental registration due to some change since last time was published/produced/performed etc., which should not occur often but does happen sometimes for things like musical performances where musicians change over time as well as editing jobs requiring new versions every so often such as comics where creators may find later editions more up-to-date than earlier ones were

Pay the Filing Fee

Once you have completed and signed the application, you will need to pay the filing fee. The filing fee is currently $55 for applications filed online or by mail. If you wish to pay by money order or check, you can do so at your local post office. However, we must receive payment prior to completing your registration.

Mail the Completed Application

Mail the completed application, fee, and deposit to: Library of Congress Copyright Office 101 Independence Ave., S.E. Washington, D.C. 20559-6000.


You do not need to register your Lace and Embroidery design with the U.S. Copyright Office in order to be protected by copyright. However, registration is recommended because it provides a number of benefits, such as the ability to bring a lawsuit for copyright infringement in federal court. In addition, if you register before an infringement occurs and the design is infringed upon later on, then you may be entitled to statutory damages instead of actual damages. Lastly, registering a design allows it to enjoy protection from unauthorized use for up to 75 years after its creation date (or 95 years from its first publication).


Now that you’ve registered your copyright, it’s time to think about protecting it. You can do this by filing a lawsuit against anyone who steals or uses your work without permission. If someone copies your lace and embroidery designs, contact us right away to help you protect your rights under the law.

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