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1112.5 Application Requirements


1112.5 Application Requirements


As a general rule, the applicant must use a paper application to register a database and/or a group of updates or revisions to that database. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (B) (5)(ii) (A). Unlike most group registration options, applicants do not need to use a special form. Instead, the applicant should use the form that is most appropriate for the subject matter of the works that appear in the database. See id. For example, if the works in the database consist primarily of words, numbers, or other verbal or numerical symbols or indicia, the applicant should use Form TX. If the works consist predominantly of photographs, the applicant should use Form VA. For guidance on completing the paper application, see Section 1112.8.


There is a limited exception to this rule. A database that consists predominantly of photographs and/or the updates or revisions to that database may be registered with an online application as a result of a pilot project. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (B) (5)(ii) (A). Before completing an online application, the applicant must contact the Visual Arts Division at (202) 707-8202 to coordinate the filing and to obtain proper guidance concerning the information that should be included in the application and the proper method for submitting the deposit copies. Applicants will be permitted to file an online application for a database that consists predominantly of photographs only if they obtain authorization from the Visual Arts Division and follow the instructions from the Division. See Registration of Claims to Copyright, 76 Fed. Reg. 4072, 4075 (Jan. 24, 2011).


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