Allowed File Types

United States Copyright Office

Washington, D.C.

For registration purposes, the U.S. Copyright Office allows the file types listed below to be submitted as digital deposit copies. PHOTOGRAPHERS, please note that photographs submitted for registration must be either JPEG, GIF, or TIFF format, and all photos in a group registration must be the same file type.

Note that when a work is first published in physical form prior to registration, the Copyright Office requires physical deposit copies. Although digital deposit and registration prior to publication are highly recommended, RightsClick facilitates registration with both digital and physical deposit copies.


.bmp (Bitmap Image)
.dwg (AutoCAD Drawing)
.dwf (Autodesk Design)
.gif, .giff (Graphics Interchange Format)
.jpg, .jpeg, .jfif (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
.pdf (Portable Document Format)
.pic, .pict (Picture File)
.png (Portable Network Graphic)
.psd (Photoshop Document)
.pub (Microsoft Publisher)
.tga (Targa Graphic)
.tif, .tiff (Tagged Image File Format)
.wmf (Windows Metafile)


.doc (Microsoft Word Document)
.docx (Microsoft Word Open XML Document)
.html (HyperText Markup Language)
.pdf (Portable Document Format)
.rtf (Rich Text Document)
.txt (Text File)


.aif, .aiff (Audio Interchange File Format)
.au (Audio File)
.mp3 (MP3 Audio File or Layer 3 Audio Compression)
.wav (Windows Wave Sound File)
.wma (Windows Media Audio File)
.mp4, .m4a, .m4p (MPEG-4 Part 14 Apple)


.avi (audio video interleave)
.mov (quicktime)
.mpg, .mpeg (Moving Picture Experts Group)
.swf (Adobe Flash formerly Shockwave Flash)
.wmv (windows media video)
.3gp (.3gpp) (Third Generation Partnership Project; Multimedia Container Format)
.m4v (Apple Video Container File Format)
.flv (Flash Video Format)


.xls (Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)
.xlsx (Microsoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet)


.pps, .ppt (Microsoft Power Point)
.pptx (Microsoft Power Point Open XML)