Copyright Categories

Learn more about the types of works that can be registered using CopyrightsNow with the U.S. Copyright Office.  Select a category to view more details and examples.

Literary Works
(Book, Poetry, Written Work, Blogs)

A literary work includes a variety of works such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, textbooks, articles, blogs, reference works, dissertations, directories, catalogs, advertising copy, and compilations of information.  Learn more...

Sound Recording
(Audio Recording / Audio Book)

Used for a recorded performance and/or audio book.  This category may also include elements of the underlying work, such as: "Manuscript" (for the Manuscript or Literary Work depicted in the Audio Recording), "Music" or "Sound Effects" as part of this Audio Recording.  Learn more...

Work of the Visual Arts (Photo Book / Visual Arts or Illustrations)

Used for registering a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work. Visual Arts works include two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, applied art, photographs, prints, art reproductions, maps and technical drawings.  Learn more...

Videos (Motion Picture/AV Works)

Used for registering YouTube or other videos displayed on YouTube, Vimeo and/or embedded on your website, blog or other electronic media.  Typically requires a separate registration application for this content.  Learn more...

Websites

A website is not explicitly recognized as a type of copyrightable subject matter under the Copyright Act.  Therefore, it should be registered according to the predominant copyrightable content, such as a compilation of text, images, graphics, computer programs, music, sound recordings, videos or other audiovisual works created by you or several people.  Learn more...

Note:  Some images and descriptions originated from copyright.gov government website which are in the public domain and may be reproduced without permission.