How to copyright your own quote

Updated July 20, 2017

Copyright in the United States is automatically granted to the creator of the work as soon as it is fixed in a form that is perceptible. U.S copyright law states that the copyright is active even if the fixed, perceptible form requires the aid of a machine such as a computer. However, without a clear, legal record of the date when the material was fixed in a perceptible form, the copyright may be usurped by a plagiarist. Registering the copyright of a quote with the U.S. Copyright Office provides the creator with overwhelming evidence in infringement cases. There is a £22 fee, as of 2010, for registering copyright online.

Type the quote on a computer and print it or type it on a typewriter. Ensuring that the quote is written in a fixed and easily readable format will help streamline the process of copyrighting. Include the date and sign the quote.

Register for an Electronic Copyright Office account.

Register a new claim. Click "Register a new claim" and "Start Registration." Follow the instructions on the screen to file your registration and pay the £22 fee.

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Chris Hanson started writing music, lyrics, and poetry in 2001 and began writing fiction and nonfiction professionally in 2006. Hanson was first published in the "Grand Forks Herald" in 2004. Hanson is an experienced Web programmer with experience with several operating systems and Web protocols. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in anthropology at the University of Minnesota in just three years.