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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