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1103.3 Registration Requirements

1103.3 Registration Requirements

To register a number of works with the unit of publication option, the applicant must submit a completed application, an appropriate deposit, and the correct filing fee.

The applicant may submit an online application through the electronic registration system, or in the alternative, the applicant may submit a paper application using Forms TX, VA, PA, or SR (but not Form SE). The Office strongly encourages applicants to use the electronic registration system rather than a paper application because online applications are more efficient for both the applicant and the Office. For guidance on completing the online application or the paper application, see Section 1103.4.

If the unit was first published in the United States, the applicant should submit two complete copies or phonorecords of the best edition of the unit. If the unit was first published in another country, the applicant generally should submit one complete copy or phonorecord of the unit as first published or one complete copy or phonorecord of the best edition of the unit. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (1)(iii), (iv). For a definition and discussion of the best edition requirements, see Chapter 1500, Section 1504. As a general rule, a copy or phonorecord of a published work is considered “complete” if it includes “all elements comprising the applicable unit of publication of the work, including elements that, if considered separately, would not be copyrightable subject matter.” See 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (B) (2)(ii).

For guidance on submitting the deposit copies, see Chapter 200, Section 204.3 and Chapter 1500, Section 1508.

For information concerning the methods for paying the filing fee, see Chapter 1400, Sections 1412.3 through 1412.5.

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