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We are experiencing unprecedented processing delays. If you registered online, it may take more than half a year to receive a certificate of registration. Some paper claims are taking up to 1½ years for our office to process. However, the effective date of registration is the day the Copyright Office receives your complete submission in acceptable form. You do not need to wait for your certificate in order to proceed with publication.

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Because of our backlog, we will not be able to answer your inquiry immediately. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by these processing delays.