United States Copyright Office Law and Legal Definition

The U.S. Copyright Office is a branch of the Library of Congress that is responsible for implementing federal copyright laws. The mission of the office is to promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system. In addition to processing applications for copyrights, the U.S. Copyright Office stores deposited copyrighted materials and issues opinions on questions of copyright protection. Such materials deposited with this agency are not automatically added to the Library of Congress collection, but a separate and direct submission to the Library is required.

The Office also administers various licensing provisions of the statute, including collecting and distributing royalties. The goal of the Office is to make major improvements in the public services and a key part of this initiative is providing the opportunity to register the works online through their website.