How to Register Copyright in Mississippi
The United States Copyright Office has an online registration service that allows you to register a work with them. The process is fairly straightforward and you can complete it in a few minutes once you have all the required information.
Go to https://www.copyright.gov/registration/
You may register online at https://www.copyright.gov/registration/. If you prefer to do it by mail, you can download and print the Form LC-D-1 Registration Form (PDF) from the U.S. Copyright Office website at https://www.copyright.gov/forms/formlc-d-1-registration-form.pdf
Click on “Register a Copyright”
To register copyright in Mississippi, you can start by clicking on the link that says “register a copyright”. This will take you to an online form where you can fill out and submit your information.
Registering a copyright is an important step if you have created any type of original work (like music, art, and more) because it gives the creator certain rights to distribute and profit from their work.
Fill out the Form for the Work
- You must have a work that you want to register for.
- You must be the creator of the work (for example, you wrote it).
- You must be the owner of the copyright in it (if someone else owns it, they have to give you permission before you can file for copyright protection on your own).
- If your work is unpublished work, it must have been created by you within the last 30 days.
- You must be 18 or older to register a copyright in Mississippi.
- You can only protect certain types of works by registering them with the UCC: literary works, musical compositions, dramatic works including choreographic works, pantomimes and motion pictures, pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works related to architecture, sound recordings when fixed on tangible mediums other than phonorecords (otherwise known as CDs or records), architectural plans and models.
- You can register a copyright online with the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov/ecpa/. The fee is $35 per registration, and most applications take between four weeks and six months to process.
- The process requires that you provide certain information about your work:
- Title of your work (if it’s a musical work, the title should be ten words or less)
- Author(s) and contributor(s). If there are multiple authors, each one must provide his or her name and address. If there are no authors listed on the application but only contributors (e.g., musicians), then only those names will appear on public records, if there is more than one author but he or she lives in a foreign country, he or she must sign an affidavit affirming that they have not assigned their rights under copyright law, if there is no author(s) listed on the application but only contributors (e.g., musicians), then all contributors must sign an affidavit stating that they have not assigned their rights under copyright law.
Once you’ve submitted your copyright application to the Library of Congress, it can typically take between six and eight weeks for them to review it. If there are any errors in your paperwork, they’ll let you know right away. Once everything is approved by the Librarian of Congress and recorded in the Copyright Office records, then you’re all set! You’ll receive a certificate of registration with your name on it and some other information that shows proof that what you wrote belongs exclusively to you.