While much of the copyright office seems to be serious business, and even sometimes scary, I found this funny nugget in the FAQs
Answer: “Copyright law does not protect sightings. However, copyright law will protect your photo (or other depiction) of your sighting of Elvis. Just send it to us with a Form VA application and the filing fee. No one can lawfully use your photo of your sighting, although someone else may file his own photo of his sighting. Copyright law protects the original photograph, not the subject of the photograph. .”
Yeah… I’ve got a better idea… Just send ME the photo.