How do I register my copyright?

How do I register my copyright?

The government’s website ( provides comprehensive information and instructions for copyright registration. Your registration is effective as of the day that the Copyright Office receives your completed application, application fee, and deposit of the work, whether it be by email or mail. The Guild advises its members to become acquainted with submitting works to the Copyright Office electronically.
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