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Updated Nov 02, 2023

How to Apply for a Copyright Online

Applying for a copyright online makes protecting your intellectual property easier than ever.

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Julianna Lopez, Contributing Writer
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Imagine creating something for your business – like original photography, video, music, artwork, written content or computer code – and discovering someone stole it and is using it for their own purposes. All the time, effort, money and thought that went into your unique creation is wasted.

To protect your ideas and prevent others from replicating or stealing them, consider applying for a copyright. Registering for a copyright creates a record of your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. While registration isn’t required, not registering can be a crucial intellectual property mistake that can hurt your business.  

We’ll explain how to apply for a copyright online and explore the benefits of copyright registration.

Did You Know?Did you know
Trademarks and copyrights have subtle differences. While copyrights protect your unique creations, trademarks are phrases or symbols that indicate a brand.
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Julianna Lopez, Contributing Writer
Julianna Lopez is a freelance writer, editor, and social media marketer. She loves all things New York, books, movies and theater. If you're interested in her services, you can reach her at
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