Creative works are eligible for copyright when they meet the following criteria:
The types of works that are eligible for copyright include:
Eligibility requirements for copyright protection are codified in federal law: 17 U.S. Code § 102 - Subject matter of copyright: In general.
Registering a copyright takes three steps:
The copyright registration process can be completed online via the electronic Copyright Office (eCO). The Copyright Office will also accept registration materials in hard copy (using paper forms).
Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright from Copyright.gov
U.S. Code Title 17 - Copyrights (via Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School)