How to Register a Copyright in Arizona?


Copyright registration is an important step for protecting your original works such as literature, music, and art. By registering your work with the United States Copyright Office, you can establish a public record of your claim to authorship and ownership of the work. This can be particularly useful in the event of any legal disputes that may arise in the future. In Arizona, the process for registering a copyright is relatively straightforward and can be completed in just a few steps. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of registering a copyright in Arizona, including what types of works are eligible for copyright protection, how to prepare your application, and what fees are involved.

Check Eligibility

Copyright protection applies to a wide range of creative works, including:
  • Literary works: This includes books, articles, poems, and other written materials.
  • Musical works: This includes any type of music, including lyrics and sheet music.
  • Dramatic works: This includes plays, screenplays, and other dramatic performances.
  • Pantomimes and choreographic works: This includes any type of dance or mime performance.
  • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works: This includes paintings, photographs, illustrations, and sculptures.
  • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works: This includes films, television shows, and other audio-visual recordings.
  • Sound recordings: This includes any type of recorded music or spoken word.
  • Architectural works: This includes the design and plans for buildings and structures.
To be eligible for copyright protection, a work must be original and fixed in a tangible form, such as being written down or recorded. This means that ideas, concepts, and facts cannot be copyrighted, but the expression of those ideas in a tangible form can be. Additionally, works that are  not eligible for copyright protection are the ones created by the U.S. Government.

 Prepare your Copyright Application

  1. Gather the necessary information: In order to register your copyright, you will need to provide certain information about the work, such as the title, author, and date of creation. You will also need to provide a copy of the work itself. This can be in the form of a manuscript, recording, or other tangible format.
  2. Fill out the application form: The application form for copyright registration can be found on the website of the United States Copyright Office. The application can be completed online or printed and filled out by hand. The application will require you to provide information about the work and yourself, as well as the tangible copy of the work.
  3. Submit the application and fee: Once the application is complete, it must be submitted to the Copyright Office along with the appropriate fee. The fee varies depending on the type of work being registered and whether you are registering online or by mail. The current fee schedule can be found on the Copyright Office's website.
  4. Wait for your copyright registration to be processed: The Copyright Office typically takes around 3 to 4 months to process a copyright registration application. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a certificate of registration. This certificate serves as evidence of your claim to authorship and ownership of the work.

Registration Fee

The fee for registering a copyright in Arizona varies depending on the type of work being registered and whether you are registering online or by mail. For example, the fee for registering a single work by one author is $55 if filed online and $85 if filed on paper. If the application is filed by mail, the fee increases to $125. It's important to note that the copyright office will not process your application without the payment of the appropriate fee. Additionally, you may also have to pay additional fees if you need to make any changes or corrections to your application after it has been submitted. It's also important to note that while registering your copyright is important, it is not a requirement for protection. Your work is automatically protected by copyright laws as soon as it is fixed in a tangible form, however, registering your copyright provides several benefits such as the ability to sue for copyright infringement, the ability to claim statutory damages, and the ability to record your copyright with the U.S Customs and Border Protection to prevent the importation of infringing copies. Another important thing to consider when registering your copyright is the fact that copyright registration is done on a per-work basis. This means that if you have multiple works that you want to register, you will need to file separate applications and pay the appropriate fee for each work.


In conclusion, registering a copyright in Arizona is an important step for protecting your original works. By understanding the types of works eligible for copyright protection, preparing your application, and paying the necessary fees, you can successfully register your copyright and safeguard your creative works. It's important to keep in mind that while registering your copyright is not a requirement, it provides several benefits that can help you enforce your rights and protect your work.