To register your claim to a copyright for your creative work, you must file an application with the U.S. Copyright Office. Registration is recommended for many reasons. Registration ensures that the copyright become public record and has a certification of registration, thus providing notice to others of your copyright. Additionally, registered works are eligible for statutory damages and attorney’s fees in successful litigation. Finally, and more importantly, registration that occurs within 5 years of publication is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law (i.e. evidence that is sufficient to establish the fact in question, unless rebutted).