How to Register a Copyright for Travel and Lodging


If you’ve written a book, are writing a book, or have anything else you want to protect, you need to know how to register it. This is especially true if you’re writing about travel or lodging: in order to receive any royalties from your work, it has to be registered first. To make sure that happens, follow these simple steps.

How To Register

You can register your copyright by using Form TX, Form PA or Form VA:

  • Fillable PDF. If you use this form, you will need to fill out each section of the application and then print it. You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to do this. Downloading and installing this program is free from the Adobe website.
  • Printable PDF. This form has all of its sections pre-filled for you to edit as needed before printing out a copy for submission with payment (a check or money order). Each section has instructions printed directly above it so that users can easily understand what information needs to be entered into each field, rather than having instructions in tiny typeface at the bottom of forms like they did decades ago when filling out applications like these was commonplace!

Fill Out the Application with all Required Information

Fill out the application with all required information (names and addresses, title, name of the author). Include all the information you are asked for. Make sure you sign and date the application.

You’ll need to provide:

-The title of your work (and any subtitles)

-An overview of the material that makes up the work (this includes a summary, table of contents and chapters if applicable)

-The creator’s name(s), address(es), phone number(s) and email address(es).

Provide Two Copies of your Work and Pay the Fee

You must provide two copies of your work and pay the fee.

If you are sending in your application through the mail, send one copy with a check for $35 made out to the Register of Copyrights, Library of Congress and a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you are applying in person, bring two copies and payment (cash or check) to the Copyright Office while visiting Washington DC.


The process of registering a copyright is easy and inexpensive. Registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office is not required, but it does afford you certain benefits that help to protect your rights under the law.

You should register your travel writing or hotel review if:

  • you plan on publishing your work
  • you have no intention of selling it, but want to protect yourself in case someone steals your work

It’s important to note that copyright registration alone does not grant any exclusive rights; it simply gives notice to others that they cannot use the material without permission from you or be held liable for infringing upon it. It’s also important to remember that registration isn’t required in order for something to be protected by copyright law—it’s just an additional layer of protection.


We hope this article has helped you learn how to register a copyright for travel and lodging. It’s not difficult, but it does require some time and effort on your part. With this information in hand, we encourage you to go forward with your plans.

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