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Copyright Forms for Use in the Copyright Office

This document contains links to copyright forms for use with the U.S. Copyright Office. Most of these documents are found on the Copyright Office's own web site, but are re-indexed here for ease of use. You may wish to check the Copyright Offices's own index for any new additions to these forms. Most of these forms are in PDF format, so you will need a copy of Adobe's free Acrobat reader to review and print the forms.

To use these forms, you MUST follow the Copyright Office's printing instructions:

  • The forms should be printed head to head (top of page 2 is directly behind the top of page 1) using BOTH SIDES of a single sheet of paper. NOTE: Short forms are one sided.
  • Dot matrix printer copies of the forms are not acceptable.
  • Ink jet printer copies of the forms require enlarging if you use the Shrink to Fit Page option.
  • The forms submitted to the Copyright Office must be clear, legible, and on a good grade of 8.5-inch by 11-inch white paper.
  • To achieve the best quality copies of the application forms, it is recommended that you use a Laser Printer. The quality of the copyright application forms submitted for registration directly affects the quality of the copyright registration certificate you receive. The Copyright Office produces completed registration certificates through an optical scanning system that utilizes an image scanned from the original application submitted. As a result copyright applications submitted that are of poor print quality will negatively affect the print quality of the copyright registration certificate you receive. For these reasons, the utmost effort should be made to submit the best quality application form possible.

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Copyright Registration Forms.

 

Non-dramatic Literary Works Formats
Form TX: For published or unpublished non-dramatic literary works PDF
Form TX with instructions PDF
Short Form TX - Simplified version of Form TX. PDF
Performing Arts Formats
Form PA - For published or unpublished works of the performing arts. PDF
Form PA with instructions   PDF

 

Short Form PA   PDF

 

Sound Recordings Formats
Form SR - For published or unpublished sound recordings. PDF
Form SR with instructions PDF
Visual Arts Formats
Form VA - For published or unpublished works of the visual arts. PDF
Form VA with instructions PDF
Short Form VA PDF
Serials and Groups Formats
Form SE - For serials (newspapers, magazines, newsletters, annuals, journals, etc.) PDF
Form SE with instructions PDF
Short Form SE PDF
Form SE/Group - For registration of a group of serials. PDF
Form G/DN - For registration of a group of daily newspapers. PDF
Renewals Formats
Form RE - For claims to renewal of copyright. PDF
Form RE with instructions. PDF
Form RE/CON - Continuation form to be used only in conjunction with RE application form. PDF
Addendum to Form RE - For all works published between January 1, 1964, and December 31, 1977, that were Not Registered during their first 28-year term. PDF
Restored Works Under GATT Formats
Form GATT - For restored works under the URAA. PDF
Form GATT/GRP - GATT group registration form. PDF
Form GATT/CON - Continuation form to be used only in conjunction with GATT application form. PDF
Mask Works Formats
Form MW with instructions - For registration of mask works which is fixed in a semiconductor chip product. PDF
Form MW/CON - Continuation sheet to be used only in conjunction with MW application form. PDF
Corrections Formats
Form CA - To correct an error or amplify the information given in a registration. PDF

 

Continuations Formats
Form CON - Continuation sheet to be used only in conjunction with basic application Forms CA, PA, SE, SRC, TX, and VA only. PDF
Document Cover Sheet Formats
Document Cover Sheet - For use when submitting a document for recordation in the U.S. Copyright Office. PDF
Group of Contributions to Periodicals Formats
Form GR/CP - An adjunct application to be used for a group of contributions to periodicals in addition to an application Form TX, PA, VA. PDF

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