A certificate of registration or an office action is usually issued within six to nine months of submission of the application.

Copyright Example

The designs of architectural plans, technical drawings and the building itself are protected under U.S. copyright law.

Copyright Fact

In most cases, the individual or the company that creates an architectural work owns the copyright in the work. Modifying architectural drawings created by someone else could be a violation of U.S. copyright law.

To obtain a registration, an applicant submits to the U.S. Copyright Office a completed application form, a nonrefundable filing fee, and a nonreturnable deposit of the work being registered. The deposit requirements vary depending upon the type of work and whether the work is published or unpublished.

The application and deposit are examined by a Copyright Examiner who evaluates the submission for originality and compliance with the registration process. The Copyright Examiner does not search Copyright Office records in completing the evaluation. The time the Copyright Office requires to process an application varies, depending on the amount of material that is submitted.