Expedited Copyright Handling

Special handling is the expedited processing of an application for copyright registration
or for the recordation of a document pertaining to copyright. It is granted in certain circumstances to those who have compelling reasons, subject to the approval of the chief of the Receipt Analysis and Control Division.

Special handling is granted only in specific circumstances including:
• pending or prospective litigation,
• customs matters, or
• contract or publishing deadlines that necessitate the expedited issuance of a certificate.

Once a request for special handling is received and approved by the U.S. Copyright Office, every attempt is made to process the claim or recordation within five working days.

Special handling of a registration requires a special handling fee in addition to the registration fee. Likewise, special handling for recording a document requires a special handling fee in addition to the fee for recording the document. We were able to file an expedited application for copyright registration for an online work for a computer program electronically.

See United States Copyright Office Circular 10 – Special Handling.

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