How to Obtain a Copyright in Pennsylvania

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Filing for Copyright on Originals Works Is the Same for Every State.

Filing for Copyright on Originals Works Is the Same for Every State.

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Unlike trademarks, copyrights cannot be filed with an individual state. Because all copyright registrations must be filed with the federal government, obtaining a copyright in Pennsylvania is no different from obtaining a copyright in any other state. Before you begin the process of applying for a copyright, you should review information from the United States Copyright Office regarding what materials are eligible for copyright. In general, literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software and architecture are all eligible for copyright protection.

Step 1

Obtain a copyright application form from the United States Copyright Office or register to file for your copyright online with the Copyright Office's ECO system. Online registration is often preferred over paper registration as the fee is less expensive, and you will be able to upload a specimen of your work to the Copyright Office.

Step 2

Complete the copyright application by providing the title of your work, the name of the author, the contact information for the author, the dates of creation and publication, a statement as to whether or not your work is a compilation (a collection or an assemblage of pre-existing works) or a derivative work (based on a pre-existing work), information as to the owner of the copyright and a statement as to whether or not your work has been previously registered.

Step 3

Provide a specimen of your work to the Copyright Office. If you decided to use the paper application, you will need to mail your work to the Copyright Office. If you used the online application, you will be able to upload your work to the Copyright Office.

Step 4

Pay the applicable filing fee associated with the type of application you selected, as listed on the Copyright Office's website. For online applications the USCO allows you to pay with your debit or credit card, an electronic check or by setting up a Copyright Office deposit account.