The Copyright Office is a part of the Library of Congress in the United States Government. The main function of the United States Copyright Office is to maintain records of copyright registration. Copyright records show who is the original creator of copyrighted works.
If someone owns the copyright to a work, they are entitled to the benefits that may arise from that copyrighted work. The Copyright Office clearly states ownership of works once they have copyrighted them. The Register of Copyrights is the head of the Copyright Office. The first Register of Copyrights was Thorvald Solberg in 1870, and the current Register of Copyrights, Marybeth Peters, has been in office since 1994. The United States Copyright Office is located in the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
The mission of the United States Copyright Office is to promote new ideas and creativity. Anyone is capable of creating a work that is unique and could have the ability to benefit society in some way, whether it be for audio and visual stimulation or a practical educational use.
The Copyright Office consults with members of the Office as well as lawmakers and public people to create and certify copyrights. They look to protect creators and make sure no one infringes on their creativity. The Copyright Office is not an organization out to create as much profit as possible, but rather they only use fees to raise money to maintain necessary production costs.
The creativity of the American people has helped make the Library of Congress the largest national library in America. It has a collection of more than 126 million books, computer programs, artworks, sound recordings, and many other copyrighted material. The Copyright Office is one of the most important aspects of creativity and ownership existing in the United States.