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Q: How long does it take to get a copyright registration?

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Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: A registration is effective as of the date the application is received by the Copyright Office. However, the registration certificate takes a while to receive. If you pay for "special handling," a registration ususally takes about a week. If you file an application electronically, it takes about 4 months. If you file using a paper form, it takes about 22 months! (The copyright office is severely backlogged on paper applications, as of December 2010.)

However, it is imporant to register early, becuase if a coypright is infringeed, the remedies are you can recover are much, much better.

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