I don't see a thread devoted to this "service", so I thought I'd start one.
Copyright Registration Services
Aside from the fact that a copyright is rarely required before a work is published (see this FAQ. Look under "Do I Need to Copyright My WIP?"), there are a number of plain lies about this service.
The fact is they are NOT registering your copyright with the Library of Congress. They are registering it with themselves. Basically, you're spending $90 for 15 years of nothing.
- From the CRS Registration page: "Use this page to register your work for international copyright protection. To begin the registration process, please enter your email below:"
From the Library of Congress website: "There is no such thing as an 'international copyright' that will automatically protect an authorís writings throughout the entire world."
- And then there is the CRS bizarre payment schedule:
Curriculum of Charges
The IP Rights Office makes a small administrative charge for all works registered through the CRS. The amount charged varies according to the length of registration required, and the various fees are outlined below in US dollars, British pound sterling, Euros, Canadian dollars, Australian dollars, and New Zealand dollars. You can make payment in any of these currencies, regardless of your local currency, and the currency exchange will be handled for you.
.............4 yrs 8 yrs 12 yrs 15 yrs
USD ($) $35...$60 ....$80 .......$90
According the the Library of Congress: "A work that was created (fixed in tangible form for the first time) on or after January 1, 1978, is automatically protected from the moment of its creation and is ordinarily given a term enduring for the authorís life plus an additional 70 years after the authorís death. "
The cost? $45.
- CRS says you can register on-line
According to the Library of Congress, this is the procedure:
To register a work, send the following three elements in the same envelope or package to:
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20559-6000
- A properly completed application form.
- A nonrefundable filing fee* for each application.
- The deposit requirements vary in particular situations.