Non-U.S. Applicants

Copyright Registration by Non-U.S. Applicants

It is not a requirement that the applicant for a U.S. copyright be a U.S. citizen or resident.

Any work that is protected by U.S. copyright law can be registered. This includes many works of
foreign origin.

Unpublished Works

All works that are unpublished, regardless of the nationality of the author, are protected in the
United States and are subject to copyright registration.

Published Works

Works that are first published in the United States or in a country with which the U.S. has a copyright
treaty or that are created by a citizen or domiciliary of a country with which the U.S. has a copyright
treaty are also protected and may therefore be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.

 

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