1103.4 (F) Author Created / Nature of Authorship
The applicant should provide a brief statement that describes the component works that will be submitted for registration.
If the same author created all the component works within the unit, the applicant should check one or more of the boxes in the Author Created field that accurately describe those self-contained works. For example, if the unit of publication consists of a shrink- wrapped package with a CD-ROM containing a computer program, a booklet containing a user’s manual, and cover artwork, the applicant should check the boxes marked “computer program,” “text,” and “artwork.” If the unit of publication consists of a physical album containing music, lyrics, sound recording, artwork, and liner notes, the applicant should check the box marked “sound recording” and in the box marked Other the applicant should state “music,” “lyrics,” “artwork,” and “text of liner notes.”
If the component works were created by different authors, the applicant should provide the following information in the online application:
• On the Authors screen the applicant should provide the name of the individual or entity that created one of the component works. For guidance on completing this portion of the application, see Chapter 600, Section 613.9.
• On the Author Created screen, the applicant should check one or more of the boxes that accurately describe the component work(s) that the author contributed to the unit of publication. For example, if the author contributed one or more of the sound recordings within a multimedia kit that contains sound recordings, musical works, text, artwork, and other forms of authorship, the applicant should check the box marked “sound recording.” In addition, the applicant should provide the title of that component work (if any) in the field marked Other. Currently, the total amount of text that may be provided in the Author Created/Other field is limited to 100 characters or less. If more space is required, the applicant should provide the additional information in the Note to Copyright Office field.
• On the Claimant screen the applicant should provide an appropriate transfer statement that explains how the claimant obtained the copyright in that work. For guidance on providing a transfer statement, see Chapter 600, Section 620.9.
If the unit contains component works created by other authors, the applicant should repeat this process for each component work that the applicant intends to register.
When completing a paper application, the applicant should provide this information in space 2 under the heading marked Nature of Authorship. If more space is required, the applicant may provide additional information on Form CON.