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1110.7 (C) Identifying the Author

1110.7 (C) Identifying the Author


As discussed in Section 1110.2, all of the contributions in the group must be created by the same author and the author must be an individual.


The applicant should provide the author’s full name on the Author screen in the fields

marked First Name/Last Name.


If the author’s real name does not appear on any of the contributions in the group, and if the author does not want to reveal his or her identity in the registration record, the applicant may check the box marked anonymous and state “Anonymous” in the First Name/Last Name fields.


If the author does not want to reveal his or her real name in the registration record, the applicant may check the box marked pseudonymous, and provide the author’s pseudonym in the Pseudonym field and the First Name/Last Name fields, but only if (I) all the contributions were published under the author’s pseudonym, and (ii) the author’s real name does not appear anywhere in the contributions.


For a definition and discussion of anonymous and pseudonymous works, see Chapter 600, Sections 615.1 and 615.2.


The applicant should identify the author’s nationality and/or domicile in the fields marked Citizenship and Domicile. The registration specialist may use this information to determine if the contributions are eligible for copyright protection in the United States. For a definition and discussion of nationality and domicile, see Chapter 600, Section 617. If the author’s nationality or domicile are unknown, the applicant may select “not known” from the drop down menu.


If the applicant fails to complete the First Name/Last Name fields, or the citizenship and domicile fields, the application will not be accepted by the electronic registration system.


The applicant may provide the year that the author was born, and if the author is deceased the applicant may provide the year that the author died. This information may be useful in identifying the author within the Office’s records. However, this information is optional and an application will be accepted even if these fields are left blank.

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