Copyright Forms - U.S. Copyright Office

Non-dramatic literary works
Literary works may be published or unpublished and include nondramatic textual works with or without illustrations.? Computer programs and databases also are considered literary works.? Here are more examples and specific information.
Form TX
Form TX w/instructions
Short Form TX - Simplified version of Form TX


Performing arts
Performing arts works are intended to be "performed" directly before an audience or indirectly "by means of any device or process." Included are (1) musical works, including any accompanying words; (2) dramatic works, such as scripts, including any accompanying music; (3) pantomimes and choreographic works; and (4) motion pictures and other audiovisual works.
Form PA
Form PA w/instructions
Short Form PA - Simplified version of Form PA


Sound recordings
Sound recordings are "works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sounds accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual work." Common examples include recordings of music, drama, or lectures (read details).
Copyright registration for a sound recording alone is neither the same as, nor a substitute for, registration for the musical, dramatic, or literary work recorded.? The underlying work may be registered in its own right apart from any recording of the performance, or in certain cases, the underlying work may be registered together with the sound recording (read details on choosing the correct form).
Form SR
Form SR w/instructions


Visual arts
Make sure your work is a visual arts work.? Visual arts are pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art.? Here are examples of visual arts. "Useful articles" may have both copyrightable and noncopyrightable features (read details).? Some architectural works also qualify as visual arts works. (read details).
Form VA
Form VA w/instructions
Short Form VA - Simplified version of Form VA


Other Copyright Forms
Form SE - For serials (newspapers, magazines, newsletters, annuals, journals, etc.)
Form SE w/instructions
Short Form SE - Simplified version of Form SE
Form SE/Group - For registration of a group of serials
Form G/DN - For registration of a group of daily newspapers
Form RE - For claims to renewal of copyright
Form RE w/instructions
Form RE/CON - Continuation form to be used only in conjunction with RE application form
Addendum to Form RE - For all works published between January 1, 1964, and December 31, 1977,
that were not registered during their first 28-year term.? Must accompany form RE.
Form GATT - For restored works under the URAA
Form GATT/GRP - GATT group registration form
Form GATT/CON - Continuation form to be used only in conjunction with GATT application form
Form MW w/instructions - For registration of mask works which is fixed in a
semiconductor chip product
Form MW/CON Non Fill-in version - Continuation sheet to be used only in conjunction with MW
application form
Form CA - To correct an error or amplify the information given in a registration
Form CON - Continuation sheet to be used only in conjunction with basic application Forms CA, PA,
SE, SR, TX, and VA only
Form GR/CP Non Fill-in version - An adjunct application to be used for a group of contributions to
periodicals in addition toan application Form TX, PA, VA
Document Cover Sheet - Cover sheet for use when submitting documents for recordation.


New Cable Statement of Account Forms
These forms are for semiannual accounting periods beginning July 1, 2000.
SA1-2 Short Form Non Fill-in version - For use by cable television systems whose semiannual
gross receipts are less than $379,600
SA3 Long Form Non Fill-in version - For use by cable television systems whose semiannual
gross receipts are $379,600 or more
Old Cable Statement of Account Forms - For use by cable television systems whose semiannual
gross receipts are $379,600 or more


Licensing Electronic Funds Transfer Form
For use by statutory licensees to receive refund payments via electronic funds transfer.
EFT Form


Vessel hull design Forms
For further information see Registration of Designs of Vessel Hulls.
Form D-VH Non Fill-in version - for registration of vessel hull designs
Form D-VH/CON Non Fill-in version - continuation sheet and for multiple designs