Here's how it's done: Create your publication. Compose a song. Write a play. Paint a picture. Pen a poem. Express your creativity.
REGISTER YOUR COPYRIGHT: Complete an application https://www.copyright.gov/forms/
Include the correct fee https://www.copyright.gov/docs/fees.html
Include nonreturnable copies (usually, one for unpublished and two for published)
SEND THE PACKAGE TO: Library of Congress Copyright Office 101 Independence Avenue, SE. Washington, D.C. 20559 6000 The Copyright Office receives your package, and your registration becomes effective on that day. We receive about 2,400 submissions each business day. Their financial department processes your payment. They examine your application and deposit and make sure they're acceptable and meet the requirements of Copyright law and regulations. Your registration is assigned a number and a certificate of registration is issued. You'll receive that certificate in the mail about 4 months after you submit your package.
Catalogers create an online, searchable public record of your registration. http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First
For more information, please visit: www.copyright.gov https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-register.html
How to register copyright in Canada with CIPO:
The CIPO Guide to Copyrights http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr02281.html
Application for Registration of a Copyright http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr00003.html http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr00003.html
How your Copyright application is processed http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr00039.html https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr03915.html https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr00039.html?Open&wt_src=cipo-cpyrght-main