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1114.6(O) Certification

 

1114.6(O) Certification

 

The application must be certified by the author, the copyright claimant, an owner of one or more of the exclusive rights in the photographs, or a duly authorized agent of the author, claimant, or owner of one or more of the exclusive rights in the photos.

 

The person who certifies the application certifies that the information provided in the application is correct to the best of his or her knowledge. Knowingly making a false representation of a material fact in an application, or in any written statement filed in connection with the application, is a crime that is punishable under 17 U.S.C. § 506 (E).

 

When completing the Certification screen, the applicant should provide the first and last name of the individual who certified the application in the space marked Name of Certifying Individual. In addition, the applicant should check the box that reads, “I certify that I am the author, copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive rights, or the authorized agent of the author, copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive rights of this work and that the information given in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge.” There is no need to date the certification; the date will be added automatically when the application is received. 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (C) (3)(iv).

 

As discussed in Section 1114.6 (A), the applicant must prepare and submit a list containing the title and file name for each photograph in the group. The file name for this list should be entered in the space provided on the Certification screen. The U.S. Copyright Office will use this information to connect the list with the relevant application and to distinguish it from the digital copies of the individual photos.