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1111.7 Completing the Application: Group Registration of Short Online Literary Works

1111.7 Completing the Application: Group Registration of Short Online Literary Works


This Section provides guidance for completing the online application for a group of short online literary works.


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(j) (6).


As discussed in Section 1111.4, applicants must use this form as a condition for seeking a group registration. If an applicant attempts to use the Standard Application or a paper application, the U.S. Copyright Office will refuse registration and instruct the applicant to submit a new application, filing fee, and deposit through the electronic registration system.


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(j) (9).

Because this group option may only be used to register online works, the Office expects that waivers will be rare.


A waiver request 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


See Group Registration of Short Online Literary Works, 85 Fed. Reg. 37,341, 37,345 (June 22, 2020).