Write down the content of your sermon, or make an audio recording. Copyright law in the United States protects your sermon as soon as it is recorded in writing or in audio format. Registration of your sermon is not necessary; however, you may choose to register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office for added security.
File for copyright protection for your sermon by completing form TX for written format, or form SR for audio format. The Copyright Office can supply you with the appropriate form. You can mail the completed form, along with a hard copy of your sermon, to the Copyright Office.
Complete an electronic registration form on the Copyright Office's website. This gives you the advantage of paying lower fees while still protecting your sermon from infringement. You can submit the electronic registration form online, along with a digital audio or word processing file containing your sermon.
Complete form CO, which is available on the Copyright Office's website. You can fill in the information on the form online, and then print the form and mail it to the Copyright Office with a hard copy of your sermon.
Include the appropriate filing fee with your copyright registration application. The Copyright Office maintains a schedule of fees, which vary depending on the application format you choose.