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How do I copyright software?

Copyright is automatic and is granted through the process of writing the code (i.e. “when it is fixed in tangible form”). In some cases, it is desirable to register the material with the US Copyright Office-this provides a written record of the material which can be useful in prosecuting infringers. The registration requires completion of a two page form and the first 25 pages and last 25 pages of the code in question. The Office of Innovation Management will register any software that is being considered for license.