Copyright Office offers a search service for persons interested in investigating
whether a work is under copyright protection and, if so, the facts of the
copyright. For a fee of $165 per hour or fraction thereof (2 hour minimum), the office will
search its public records and provide a report
of its findings. Based on the information you furnish below, we will provide
an estimate of the total search fee before conducting the search.
Please be advised that there are limitations on searches
and that searches are not always conclusive. More information is provided
in Circular 22.
For questions and information please contact:
Reference & Bibliography Section
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, eastern time
Fax: (202) 252-3485
Estimates are based on the Copyright Office fee of $165*
an hour or fraction of an hour consumed. The more
information you furnish as a basis for the search, the
better service we can provide. The time between the
date of receipt of your fee for the search and your
receiving a report will vary from 6 weeks or less depending
on the nature of the search.
The Copyright Office is not permitted to act as an agent
for copyright owners in the licensing or other disposition of their rights.
Permission to use copyrighted material must be secured directly from the copyright
owner or the owner's authorized agent.
Requests for searches on a regular or expedited basis
can be charged to a credit card by phone.
Names, titles, and short phrases are not copyrightable.
Please read Circular 22 for more information
on copyright searches.
Please allow 2-5 days for a response.
Be sure to submit your request only once duplicate requests run the risk of being filtered out.