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1110 Group Registration for Contributions to Periodicals

1110 Group Registration for Contributions to Periodicals


Section 408 (C) (2) of the Copyright Act directs the Register of Copyrights to establish a procedure “specifically permitting a single registration for a group of works by the same individual author, all first published as contributions to periodicals, including newspapers, within a twelve-month period, on the basis of a single deposit, application, and registration fee … .” 17 U.S.C. § 408 (C) (2). The U.S. Copyright Office refers to this group registration option as “GRCP.”


A registration for a group of contributions to periodicals covers each contribution in the group, and each contribution is registered as a separate work. 37 C.F.R. § 202.4(n).


For a general overview of the similarities and differences between the options for registering a group of contributions to periodicals, a group of published photographs, and a group of unpublished works, see Section 1117.


For guidance on registering a newspaper, newsletter, or other types of serials, see Sections 1107 through 1109.


See generally Group Registration of Contributions to Periodicals, 82 Fed. Reg. 29,410 (June 29, 2017); Group Registration of Contributions to Periodicals, 81 Fed. Reg. 86,634, 86,641 (Dec. 1, 2016); Registration of Claims to Copyright: Group Registration of Contributions to Periodicals, 67 Fed. Reg. 10,329 (Mar. 7, 2002).

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