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Copyright Registration

***Advisory (May 23, 2020) : In view of the state of national emergency that the country is facing, please see Public Advisory No. Jet-02 for the guidelines on  application for Copyright registration.



What is Copyright?

Copyright maybe defined as a form of intellectual property which protects the rights of authors and creators of literary and artistic works. It refers to the main act in which, in respect of literary and artistic creation, may be made only by the author or with his authorization. Works are protected by the sole fact of their creation, irrespective of their mode or form of expression, as well as their content, quality and purpose.

What Types of Rights does Copyright Provide?

a. Economic Rights: refer to the rights of the author or copyright owner to  derive financial reward from the use of his works by others.

b. Moral Rights: refer to the rights of the author to claim authorship of the work (Right of Paternity) and the right to restrain the use of his name with respect to any work not of his own creation or a distorted version of his work.

What is Covered by  Copyright?

Copyright covers literary and artistic works, which is understood to include every original work of authorship regardless of artistic or literary merit.

Works covered by copyright include but are not limited to literary works such as novels, poems and plays; newspaper articles; films and television programs; letters; artistic works including paintings, sculptures, drawing and photographs; architecture;  computer programs; and advertisements, maps and technical drawings.

How Long Does Copyright Subsist?

In general, the term of protection of works under copyright covers the lifetime of the author and fifty (50) years after his death


  1. Application should be accomplished in duplicate, typewritten and the affidavit at the back should be duly notarized and affixed with Fifteen Pesos (P15.00) documentary stamp. Another set of Fifteen Pesos (Php 15.00 ) worth of documentary stamps, should be stapled to the application form to be affixed by the office to the copyright certificate. 
  2. Application should be accompanied by two (2) copies of the work as deposit, Two Hundred Pesos (P200.00) as registration fee. If through mail, registration fee should be in postal money order addressed to the Director, The National Library.
  3. If the work applied for registration is an original ornamental design (classification H), it should be accompanied by a technical description of the design.
  4. If the work applied for registration is published work, two (2) printed copies with copyright notice printed in front or at the back of the title page if it is a book and on any clear space thereof if non-book material, shall accompany the application
The copyright notice shall be in the form Philippine Copyright 20__(year of publication) by ____________(name of copyright owner.)
No. 8 of the application should be filled up by stating the specific date when the work is finished and likewise No. 9 be filled up to indicate when the work is published.
A “published work” for purposes of registration means that the work has been disseminated to the public prior to its registration with the Copyright Office.
  1. If the work applied for registration is unpublished work, two (2) manuscript and/or xerox copies of the work without the copyright notice shall accompany the application. 

“Unpublished work” for purposes of registration means that the work has not been disseminated to the public at the time of registration.

  1. If the applicant is non-resident foreigner, he/she should appoint a local authorized agent by a special power of attorney to complete the copyright application for and in his/her behalf . 
  2. If the claimant is not the author, a document supporting the claim such as a deed of assignment or a waiver of copyright ownership;

  3. If the applicant is a proprietor or a corporation, a photocopy of the certificate of business name  or SEC certificate (whichever is applicable) should be attached to the application.


Application Form PDF, DOC

Requirements PDF, DOC



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