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U.S. Copyright Office Website
The U.S. Copyright Office is the central information portal for everything related to copyright in the United States. They provide detailed information about the copyright law, updated legislation impacting copyright, and many tools and resources for finding copyrighted works and to copyright your own work.
Copyright Public Records Catalog
Catalog of works registered from 1978 to the present.
Pilot Public Records Catalog
This pilot catalog contains the same information from 1978-present that appears in the official Copyright Public Catalog, but it uses a more powerful search engine, provides easy filtering capability, and follows user-centered design principles in line with the Enterprise Copyright System.
Copyright Registration Portal
Information on registering your work and access to the Electronic Copyright Office Registration System.
Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17)
Text of Title 17 and related laws contained in Title 17 of the United States Code.
Copyright Office’s notification system. It includes alerts on new Copyright Office website postings and other announcements.
Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Works
To obtain permission of the copyrighted work you will need to contact the copyright owner with the following information:
- Creator's Full Name
- Title or Name of the work
- Specific information of what will be used, what portion
- Copyright date of the work
- How it will be used
- The audience
- If the material will be sold
- Name and nature of your organization
- Your name and contact information