I don't think that the copyright office actually does much review of the submitted material. Copyrights are official the moment you set pen to paper--disputes are settled in the courts. That's why it is handy to have a copy registered with the copyright office, they can certify that your version did exist at a certain prior time.Originally Posted by filrabat
You cannot copyright ideas per se, though. Someone could express the idea in a different way, without violating copyright. The reason for registering copyright is to establish priority, that you had expressed the idea in a legible and public form before anyone else.