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1103.4 (G) Claimants / Transfer Statement

1103.4 (G) Claimants / Transfer Statement


To register a number of works using the unit of publication option, the applicant should provide the name and address of the copyright claimant. See 17 U.S.C. § 409 (1). For purposes of copyright registration, the copyright claimant must be (I) the author or co- author of all the component works within the unit that are claimed in the application, or

(ii) a person or organization that owns all of the rights under copyright that initially belonged to the author or co-authors of those works. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (A) (3). No other party is entitled to be named as a copyright claimant.


If the same person(s) or organization(s) created all the component works within the unit that are claimed in the application, the applicant may name the author or co- authors as the copyright claimant. In the alternative, the applicant may provide the name of the person or organization that acquired the copyright in those works through a transfer of ownership.


When completing an online application, the applicant should provide the claimant’s full name and address on the Claimants screen. When completing a paper application, the applicant should provide this information in space 4 of the application. For guidance on completing this portion of the application, see Chapter 600, Section 619.12.


If the author(s) and the claimant or co-claimants named in the application are not the same person, the applicant should provide a brief transfer statement that explains how the claimant or co-claimants obtained the copyright in the component works. When completing an online application, the applicant should provide this information on the Claimants screen in the field marked Transfer Statement. When completing a paper application, the applicant should provide this information in space 4 under the heading marked Transfer. For guidance on completing this portion of the application, see Chapter 600, Section 620.9.

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