The U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress will debut a new online registration system on July 1, according to the organization.

The move is part of its multi-year effort to move from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment, according to Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters.

In the new online registration system, named electronic Copyright Office (eCO), intellectual property creators and owners file an eService claim on a new form, dubbed Form CO, which replaces six traditional paper applications form.

“We will continue evaluating and making adjustments in workflows in the various process areas, testing and development of the IT system, and making system enhancements in response to feedback from both our staff and our customers,” Peters said in a statement.

Paper applications for basic claims, at a cost of $45, will still be available through the Copyright Office. Also, users can fill out Form CO online, print it out and send it to the Copyright Office with payment. Each Form CO is imprinted with 2.D barcodes that are scanned to automatically transfer information contained in the form into an eCO service request record.

Electronic filing offers several advantages over hard-copy filing, including a lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim; fastest processing time; earlier effective date of registration; online status tracking; secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check or Copyright Office deposit account; and ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files.

The new form can be used for basic claims to copyright for literary works, visual arts works, and performing arts works including motion pictures, sound recordings and single serials. The U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress handles about 550,000 copyright claims annually.