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1405.1 Who May File the Single Application?


1405.1 Who May File the Single Application?


To access the Single Application, the applicant must log into the electronic registration system and select the link designated for claims involving “one work by one author.”


Before proceeding with this form, the applicant must confirm that he or she has read and understood the eligibility requirements that govern the Single Application. For guidance on how to complete the various fields in this application, applicants should consult Using the Single Application (Circular 11) and the help text that accompanies this form.


A Single Application may be certified and submitted by the individual who created the work. But the U.S. Copyright Office recognizes that many authors are not familiar with the electronic registration system, and some individual creators may prefer to have an authorized agent submit the application on their behalf. Therefore, the Office will accept an application that has been certified and submitted by a duly authorized agent, provided that the agent is identified in the Correspondent section of the form. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (C) (1), (3) (I). If the Office determines that a third party filed a Single Application, but failed to identify itself in the form, the Office will refuse to register the claim. See Streamlining the Single Application and Clarifying Eligibility Requirements, 83 Fed. Reg. 5227, 5229 (Feb. 6, 2018).


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