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Film Music: A Research Guide

Copyright Registrations

The U.S. Copyright Office is located in the Library of Congress, and historically, copyright registrations have provided a rich source of acquisitions for the Music Division's collections. Many film scores submitted for copyright registration have been cataloged for the Music Division's on-site stacks. Many other scores have been organized by copyright registration number and are housed off-site. 

Search Copyright Registrations

Find and request scores stored offsite by using the item’s copyright registration number. Contact us through Ask a Librarian to request materials.

Find records for items registered for copyright before 1978 through several methods:

Request an item for retrieval with the following information:

  • Title of item
  • Copyright registration number
  • Year submitted for copyright
  • Author / creator / claimant name