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CBP Commences Online Recordation of Unregistered Copyrights for Border Enforcement in Accordance with TFTEA

Release Date: 
September 12, 2016

WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began accepting online applications for recordation of unregistered copyrights through the Intellectual Property Rights Electronic Recordation System (IPRR). Each unregistered copyright recordation will be valid for a period of nine months, with a potential one-time 90-day extension of time, while the copyright’s application for registration is pending with the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO). Upon registration of the copyright application at the USCO, the copyright recordation will continue to receive the benefits of border enforcement from CBP.                                     

The new process is in accordance with Section 304 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, ensuring that owners of unregistered copyrights whose application for registration is pending at the USCO are able to submit their online application for recordation with CBP, available at  Once recorded, unregistered copyrights will receive the same benefits of border protection and enforcement as copyrights that are registered with the USCO.                                                                                                       

For more information, please email the Intellectual Property Rights Branch, Regulations & Rulings, Office of Trade, at, or call Goli Gharib at (202) 325-0216, or Charles Steuart at (202) 325-0093.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021