To secure a copyright, works must be prepared in a material method of use, that is, recorded,for example, in writing, in a drawing, on a recording, in a photo, in a digital format, etc. The work must be unique, and it must have some innovative incentive.  Copyright comes into being from the moment preoccupation of the creation occurs. No registration or other procedures are required to create and own a copyright.

Text Book
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, textbooks, reference works, directories, catalogs, advertising, compilations, computer programs and databases.


Art Works
Graphic or sculptural work. Visual Arts works include
two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of fine,
graphic, and applied art, photographs, prints and art
reproductions, maps, technical drawings, and architectural works.

Music/Audio Recordings

With one exception, audio recordings are works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds. Exception: Under the copyright law, the sounds that accompany an audiovisual work, for example, a motion picture, are not defined as a sound recording. Select Film/Audiovisual as the “Work Type” for sounds accompanying an audiovisual work.

Performing Arts
If you are registering a musical work (with or without lyrics), a dramatic work, such as a screenplay, play or other script, a pantomime, or a choreographic work. Note: If the registration includes the sound recording as well, select Audio Recording as the type of work.

Film/Audio Visual

If you are registering a feature film, documentary film, animated film, television show, video, videogame, or other audiovisual work. An audiovisual work is a work that consists of a series of related images that are intended to be shown by the use of a machine or device, together with accompanying sounds, if any.