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Copyright and Intellectual Property


Copyright Information and Forms

U.S. Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office Web site offers extensive information about copyright law, as well as instructions and forms for copyrighting work and a page of FAQs.

U.S. Copyright Office brochures and fact sheets:

Helpful Publications about Copyright

Associated Press. The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. Associated Press (updated frequently; look for latest edition).

Fishman, Stephen. The Copyright Handbook: How to Protect and Use Written Works, 11th ed. NOLO Press, 2011.

Fishman, Stephen. The Public Domain: How to Find and Use Copyright-free Writings, Music, Art and More, 6th ed. NOLO Press, 2012.

McJohn, Stephen M. Copyright: Examples and Explanations, 3rd ed. Aspen Publishers, 2012.

Intellectual Property Rights and Registries

Authors Registry Inc.
Created by a consortium of U.S. authors' organizations, the Authors Registry is a “not-for-profit clearinghouse for payments to authors, receiving royalties from organizations and distributing them to U.S. authors.”

WGA West Script Registration Service
The Writers Guild allows writers to register materials written for radio, film, television, and interactive media, providing a dated record to an individual's claim to authorship. Materials that can be registered also include screenplays, books, stories, poems, and other media work.


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