New written works, published and unpublished, can be protected by registration of a copyright.  Written works include literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.  A copyright gives the owner of the copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted material.  Copyrights are not registered with any branch of North Dakota government.  The United States Copyright Office registers copyrights.

Information and forms to register a copyright may be obtained from the United States Copyright Office:

United States Copyright Office
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington DC 20559-6000
Telephone: (202) 707-3000 or (877) 476-0778 (toll-free)