Copyright law gives the creator of an original work protection from unauthorized use by others. Copyrightable material is any original creation in a fixed form that has some minimal level of creativity. This obviously includes literature, music, and movies, but may also be available for other tangible productions, such as original websites, designs, or written materials (pamphlets, etc.).
Basic copyright protection is granted the moment the work is produced in a tangible form, but copyright registration is recommended to enhance the owner’s ability to stop others from copying and to strengthen the ability to litigate one’s rights.
The prime benefit of copyright registration is that timely registration creates a legal presumption that a copyright is valid and, if registration is completed prior to infringement by another, the registered copyright opens the door for the owner to recover damages from an infringer without proving actual monetary harm- an option not available if the material is unregistered.
The fee for registering with the U.S. Copyright Office is $55 per electronic registration. Since copyright registration is easy and inexpensive, it is recommended that any potentially copyrightable materials be submitted for registration.