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2407 Viewing, Inspecting, and Copying U.S. Copyright Office Records

2407 Viewing, Inspecting, and Copying U.S. Copyright Office Records


The U.S. Copyright Office allows authorized parties to view, inspect, and obtain copies of the Office’s public records, and it provides indexes to assist in locating and retrieving such records. Some records are available online or in the Public Records Reading Room, but not all. “Viewing” a public record may be accomplished by accessing the Office’s website (www.copyright.gov) or by visiting the Office’s Public Records Reading Room. “Inspecting” a public record may be accomplished only by submitting a written request to RRCS.


The specific parties who are authorized to view, inspect, and obtain copies of applications, deposits, and other registration records are discussed in Section 2407.1 (A) below. The procedures for requesting an inspection or obtaining copies of these records are discussed in Sections 2407.1 (C) and 2407.1 (D) below.


The specific parties who are authorized to view, inspect, and obtain copies of recorded documents and other recordation records are discussed in Section 2407.2 (A) below. The procedures for requesting an inspection or obtaining copies of these records are discussed in Sections 2407.2 (C) and 2407.2 (D) below.


For information concerning the procedures for inspecting or obtaining copies of the Office’s administrative manuals, notices of intent to enforce restored copyrights, or designations of agents to receive notification of claimed infringement, see Sections 2407.3 through 2407.5 below.