Notice of Copyright Before Copyright Registration
Place a copyright notice on all publicly distributed copies of your work. Although this is not required to establish automatic federal copyright protection, this notice does have significant evidentiary value. The copyright notice consists of the letter "c" within a circle, followed by the year the work was first published and the name of the copyright owner.
Position the copyright notice so that the symbol, year and name appear together in a location on or in the work where the notice is most likely to be seen.
File an Application for Copyright Protection with the U. S. Copyright Office. Your application package will include a completed application form, a filing fee and a copy of the work you are registering.
Online Copyright Registration Using eCO
Go to the U. S. Copyright Office website and navigate to the eCO Online system by clicking the "Login to eCO" link. Click the "New User" link to register as a user of the eCO system. If you already have an account, it's not necessary to register again.
Click the "Register a New Claim" link on the Web page that opens after you have logged in to the eCO system.
Provide all information requested in the sequential "Complete an Application," "Make a Payment" and "Submit Your Work" links and then submit your application.