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1106.5 Completing the Application: Group Registration of Unpublished Works

1106.5 Completing the Application: Group Registration of Unpublished Works

As discussed in Section 1106.2, applicants must use the online application for a “Group of Unpublished Works” as a condition for seeking a group registration. This Section provides guidance for completing the application.

NOTE: The U.S. Copyright Office offers a separate application that may be used to register a group of unpublished photographs. For information concerning this application, see Section 1114.2.

The application may be submitted by the author/claimant, the owner of any of the exclusive rights in the works, or a duly authorized agent of these parties. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (C) (8).

To access the application, applicants should select the phrase “Register a Group of Unpublished Works,” which appears on the home page of the electronic registration system. The system will generate a brief statement describing the eligibility requirements for this option. If these requirements have been met, the applicant should check the box that appears next to the following statement: “I agree that I have read, understood, and meet all eligibility requirements described above for filing the selected Group Registration.”

NOTE: In exceptional cases, the Office may waive the online filing requirement, subject to such conditions that the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of the Office of Registration Policy and Practice may impose on the applicant. 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (C) (10). A request to waive this requirement must be made in writing. It should explain why the applicant is unable to use the online application, and it should be sent to the following address:

Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice

Registration Program

U.S. Copyright Office

101 Independence Avenue SE Washington, DC 20559

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