1009.6 Author Created / Nature of Authorship Statements
To register a website or website content the applicant must identify the copyrightable authorship that will be submitted for registration and the applicant must assert a claim to copyright in that authorship. If the content was created by a single author, the applicant should clearly identify the copyrightable authorship that the author contributed to that work. If the content was created or co-created by two or more authors, the applicant should clearly identify the copyrightable authorship that each author contributed to work. However, the applicant should not describe any uncopyrightable material or de minimis elements that appear in the content.
When completing an online application, the applicant should provide this information on the Authors screen. Specifically, the applicant should check one or more of the boxes in the Author Created field that accurately describe the author’s contribution to the content. If none of these terms fully describe the content that will be submitted for registration, the applicant should provide a more specific description in the field marked “Other.” For guidance on completing this field, see Chapter 600, Section 618.4 (A).
When completing a paper application, the applicant should provide this information in the space marked Nature of Authorship. For guidance in completing this portion of the application, see Chapter 600, Section 618.4 (B).
NOTE: The deposit copy(ies) must contain all of the authorship that is claimed in the Author Created field or the Nature of Authorship space. If the applicant asserts a claim in content that does not appear in the deposit copy(ies), the registration specialist may communicate with the applicant or may refuse to register that aspect of the claim. For more information on the deposit requirements, see Section 1010.