How to Find a Copyright Owner

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Browse online to the Public Copyright Catalog.

Choose the criteria you want to use to find the copyright information. General searches, such as names, will yield several results. More specific information, such as the copyright number, will yield better results.

Search through the listings for the copyright you are looking for and click on its link.

Scroll down through the available information to 'Copyright Claimant' for the name of the person who owns the copyright. Some entries will also have a section called "Names." These are people who are important to the copyright for some reason, often former or future holders or representatives for the company or group that holds the copyright.


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Nathan Adler began writing professionally in 2002. He writes primarily for eHow, focusing on technical articles and computer- and hobby-related topics. Adler has a Bachelor of Arts in technical communication and a Bachelor of Science in history from Michigan Technological University.

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