Government fees for registering copyright online:

  • A lower filing fee ($35 for a single author who is also the sole claimant in a single work that is not made for hire, or $55 for all other online filings, compared to $85 for a paper filing);
  • Faster processing time;
  • Online status tracking;
  • Secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright Office deposit account;
  • The ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files.

It’s important to understand that you can still register online even if you intend to submit a hard-copy deposit simply by printing out a shipping slip to be attached to your work for delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.

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