Frequently Asked Questions

How Does a c-Site Basic work?

Last Updated: August 1, 2007 6:42 PM

To file a copyright registration application through c-Site:

  • Purchase a copyright application from an authorized c-Site licensee.
  • Log in to your customer account and launch c-Site.
  • Complete the simple three-step application process. Most people complete this process in less than 10 minutes.
  • When you are done, you will have submitted both your application and an electronic copy of the work you want to protect with a copyright registration. Upon receipt, your work is encrypted so as to provide you the greatest possible protection.
  • c-Site reviews your application and work and contacts you with any questions. (However, there is no guarantee the Copyright Office will approve your application, nor is there any guarantee the Copyright Office will not raise additional questions or issues regarding either your application or work.)
  • c-Site then: (i) emails you a printable application and easy filing instructions; and (ii) deletes your encrypted work from its files. c-Site's services are then complete.
  • It is then your responsibility to file your application, work, and the mandatory filing fee, with the Copyright Office.
  • Your application will then be in the hands of the Copyright Office. If the Copyright Office has questions, it will contact you directly. Note that it can take a few months for the Copyright Office to issue a decision.