1405.4 The One Work Requirement
The Single Application may be used to register one work, provided that the applicant satisfies the other eligibility requirements for this form.
The following are representative examples of works that may qualify as one work for purposes of the Single Application:
• One poem.
• One short story.
• One essay.
Visual Art Works:
• One photograph.
• One fabric design.
• One sculpture.
• One piece of jewelry (not a collection or set of multiple jewelry pieces).
• One illustration (not multiple illustrations on the same page).
• One technical drawing of one object.
Dramatic Works, Audiovisual Works, and Motion Pictures
• One stage play.
• One screenplay.
• One “selfie video” featuring one person.
Musical Works and Sound Recordings
A song and a sound recording are separate works. Therefore, the Single Applicant may be used to register:
• One song containing music and lyrics.
o The applicant may submit sheet music to register the music and lyrics of one song if the same individual is the author/owner of both the music and lyrics of the song.
• One sound recording.
o The applicant may register a sound recording if the same individual is the author/owner of the sound recording, and if that individual is the only performer featured in the recording.
As discussed in Section 1405.2, a musical work and a sound recording may both be registered with the Single Application if the following requirements have been met:
• One song consisting of music, lyrics, and sound recording.
o The applicant must submit a recording of the song, the same individual must be the author/owner of the music, lyrics, and the sound recording, and that individual must be the only performer featured in the recording.
• One musical arrangement and one sound recording.
o The applicant must submit a recording of the musical arrangement, the same individual must be the author/owner of both the arrangement and the sound recording, and that individual must be the only performer featured in the recording.
The following are representative examples of works that do not qualify as a one work for purposes of the Single Application:
• Two poems.
• Two articles.
• Two or more illustrations on a single page.
• Two or more drawings on separate pages.
• A portfolio of photographs.
• A collection or set containing multiple pieces of jewelry.
• Two or more songs.
• A song and liner notes.
• Two or more sound recordings.
• Different versions of a sound recording.
• More than one version of a script or treatment.
• A collective work, such as an album, periodical, newspaper, magazine, newsletter, journal, anthology, book of poems or short stories, or any other work that contains a number of separate and independent works.
• Multiple contributions to a collective work.
• Two or more works physically bundled together by the claimant for distribution to the public as a single, integrated unit and first published in that integrated unit, such as a box of greeting cards, a book published with a CD-ROM, a box set of music CDs, or a board game with printed instructions, playing pieces, and a game board. (For a definition and discussion of the unit of publication option, see Chapter 1100, Section 1103.)
• Two or more works that may be registered using a group registration option. (For information concerning this procedure, see Chapter 1100.)
• A multi-part work, such as a series of books or photographs.
• A website.