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

Copyright Example

Source code can be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office by submitting a deposit containing the "first and last 25 pages" of the code.

Copyright Fact

The U.S. Copyright Office has taken the position that a single registration protects all related source code as well as the related screen displays.

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 The deposit requirements vary depending upon the type of work and whether the work is published or unpublished.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.