FAQs

This section of the website is intended to answer copyright-related questions from individual creators, small business owners, and members of the public about copyright law in an FAQ format. The information on these pages, like the information on the rest of the website, should be used solely for educational purposes as it does not constitute legal advice. We urge creators who are looking for more detailed answers to their questions or assistance that goes beyond these copyright questions and answers to consult an attorney or a volunteer lawyer for the arts or law clinic for help. If there are particular questions that we do not address in this section or in our Copyright Law Explained section, please share them with us and we will try to post an answer to them.

Copyright and Other Forms of Intellectual Property

What does Copyright Protect?

Copyright Notice

The Public Domain

Copyright Registration, Generally

Timing and Fees

Completing the Application

Registration Adjustments and Mistakes

Published V. Unpublished

Benefits of Registering