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1405 The Single Application

 

1405 The Single Application

 

The Single Application is an online form designed for authors who file the simplest kind of claims. The U.S. Copyright Office charges a lower filing fee for this application, which is intended to benefit individual creators and encourage them to register their works.

 

This application may be used to register one work by one author that is solely owned by that individual. It also may be used to register one sound recording and one musical work, literary work, or dramatic work if certain requirements have been met. For detailed information concerning these requirements see Sections 1405.1 through 1405.7 below.

 

If the Office determines that a particular work does not satisfy these requirements, it will refuse registration and instruct the applicant to resubmit the claim using the Standard Application. If the applicant wishes to proceed with the claim, he or she must submit a new application, filing fee, and another copy or phonorecord of the work. The effective date of registration will be based on the date that the new submission is received by the Office.

 

See generally Streamlining the Single Application and Clarifying Eligibility Requirements, 83 Fed. Reg. 66,627 (Dec. 27, 2018); Streamlining the Single Application and Clarifying Eligibility Requirements, 83 Fed. Reg. 5227 (Feb. 6, 2018); Single Application Option, 78 Fed. Reg. 38,843 (June 28, 2013).