6. Cost for registering a copyright is $45 each. The cost alone makes registration prohibitive for most writers.
only reason you need a copyright registered is if you plan to sue
someone for infringement, and in that case it can be registered
after the infringement. The difference monetarily is that if the
piece is registered after the infringement, you can sue for actual
damages; if registered before, you can also sue for attorney’s
you want to register a copyright, send to the Copyright Office for
form TX (for published and unpublished non-dramatic works), or form
PA (for published and unpublished works of the performing arts).
Write to Register of Copyrights, Library of Congress, Washington DC
copyright affords you the following rights: (1) to reproduce the
work in copies; (2) to prepare derivative works based on the
original; (3) to distribute to the public copies of the work by sale
or other transfer of ownership or by rental, lease or lending; (4)
to perform publicly a literary, dramatic or audiovisual work; and
(5) to display publicly such a work.