How to Register a Copyright for Science and Technology


If you are an author, researcher, artist or other creator of original works of authorship, you may be wondering if your work is protected by copyright law. If so, this article will answer some basic questions about copyright for science and technology as well as explain how to register a copyright with the United States Copyright Office.

Register the Copyright with the United States Copyright Office

The first step is to register the copyright with the United States Copyright Office. There are several ways to do this, but if you have a physical address in America, it’s easiest to mail in an application and fee.

In order to register your work, you will need:

  • A completed application form
  • A nonrefundable filing fee of $35 per registration (for example, if you want to register three books as one work) (You can request a waiver of this fee under certain circumstances.)
  • A copy or copies of the work being registered

If a Work has been Published, it Must Bear a Notice of Copyright

  • If a work has been published, it must bear a notice of copyright. The notice should be placed in a prominent location in the work, such as on the title page or on the first page of text.
  • The following notices are appropriate for most types of works:
  • © [year] by [name(s) of author(s)]. This is often referred to as “copyright symbol with date” and is used when only one author is named.
  • Copyright [year] by [name(s) of authors]. This is used when more than one author is named.

Validity of a Copyright

A copyright registration is valid for the duration of the author’s life plus 70 years. That means that if you were born on July 1, 1944, your work would be protected by copyright until 70 years after you died (i.e., December 31, 2024).

This means that even if someone uses your copyrighted work without permission or attribution and you don’t register a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office, they will still be liable for infringement damages—but only up to $150,000 per work infringed. Registering a copyright protects not only against direct infringement but also against contributory infringement through distribution networks like file-sharing sites or social media platforms where people can share unauthorized copies of copyrighted content owned by others without consent from its creator(s).

A Copyright Registration May Include More than One Author or Owner

A copyright registration may include more than one author or owner. The copyright owner can be an individual, a corporation, a partnership or other entity. The copyright owner is the person who creates the work. For example, if you write and illustrate a book that is published by your company and sold at retail stores, both you and your company would be owners of the copyright in this work.

Registration of a Claim in a Group of Works is Possible

You can register a group of works if the following requirements are met:

  • The works are by the same author and published within a 12-month period.
  • The works have the same copyright claimant and publication date.

An author may transfer his or her right to use his or her work in any way he or she wishes during his or her life. The right to claim copyright and to recover statutory damages and attorney’s fees pass to the estate after death.

The rights granted by a copyright are generally not exclusive on the first day of publication. All forms of copying, distribution, publishing, and other uses require permission from an author unless a specific exemption applies under copyright law.

The goal is to balance the needs of authors with those of users. Copyright law has developed over time to address new technologies and adapt to changing markets, but it remains complex and can be confusing for both creators and consumers. While every country has its own copyright laws (and there are differences between countries), here in the U.S. we have what’s called “fair use” as well as other exceptions that allow people to use copyrighted works without permission from their creator or publisher when certain criteria are met.


I hope this article has helped you to understand the process of registering a copyright for your scientific and technological works. It is important that you are aware of all the steps involved in this process and how it will benefit you as an author or inventor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

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