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1606.5 Copyright Claimant

1606.5 Copyright Claimant


The applicant should provide the full legal name and address of the copyright claimant on the Claimants screen. For the purposes of preregistration, the claimant is the person or organization who is expected to be named as a claimant when (and if) the applicant submits an application to register the work.


For purposes of registration, the claimant is either the author of the work or a person or organization that has obtained ownership of all rights under the copyright that initially belonged to the author. 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (A) (3). No other person or organization is entitled to be named as a claimant in an application for copyright registration.


If the author is not the same person or organization as the claimant, the applicant need not provide a transfer statement explaining how the claimant obtained ownership of all rights under the copyright that initially belonged to the author (although this information is required in an application for registration).


For a detailed discussion of claimants and transfers, see Chapter 600, Sections 619 and 620.