Copyright Registration

A work is automatically protected by U.S. Copyright Law from the moment of its creation. Filing a copyright registration for a work is not required; however, it does provide legal benefits if an infringement occurs. The Copyright Licensing Office (CLO) offers this as a free service to faculty and staff for works owned by BYU.

To register a work, please legibly complete the appropriate form and send the required submission to the address below:

  • Literary Works:
    • Registration Submission Form (PDF)
    • 3 copies of the completed work, as distributed to the public
  • Software Programs:
    • Registration Submission Form (PDF)
    • 3 copies of the first and last 25 pages of source code, identifying each section as first, or last
  • Works of the Visual Arts:
    • Registration Submission Form (PDF)
    • 3 copies of the completed work, as distributed to the public
  • Sound Recordings:
    • Registration Submission Form (PDF)
    • 3 copies of the completed work, as distributed to the public
  • Works of the Performing Arts:
    • Registration Submission Form (PDF)
    • 3 copies of the completed work, as distributed to the public
  • Motion Picture / Audio Visual Works:
    • Registration Submission Form (PDF)
    • 3 copies of the completed work, as distributed to the public

Submit to:

Copyright Licensing Office
ATTN: Copyright Registrations
3760 HBLL
Provo, UT 84602

The CLO will complete the official application, submit the materials, and pay the fee to register works with the U.S. Copyright Office. Although the registration process takes approximately 3 – 6 months before an official registration certificate is generated and returned to the CLO, the date on the registration certificate will reflect the date all application materials were received by the U.S. Copyright Office.

Self Submission

Guidelines to register a self-owned work with the U.S. Copyright Office (PDF)