Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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1606 Completing the Application


1606 Completing the Application


To preregister a work, the applicant must submit an application through the U.S. Copyright Office’s electronic preregistration system. (The Office will not accept a paper application for preregistration.) To access this system, the applicant should go to the following link on the Office’s website (, then click the “Continue” button which appears next to the phrase “Start the preregistration process (Electronic Form PRE).”


In the application, the applicant must provide certain information about the work of authorship, such as the date the author started to create the work and the date the work is expected to be completed. These requirements are discussed in Sections 1606.2 through 1606.10. The information provided in the application should be based on the information available at the time the application is submitted to the Office.


See 37 C.F.R. § 202.16 (C) (3); see also Preregistration of Certain Unpublished Copyright Claims, 70 Fed. Reg. 42,286, 42,289, 42,290 (July 22, 2005); Preregistration of Certain Unpublished Copyright Claims, 70 Fed. Reg. 61,905, 61,906 (Oct. 27, 2005).


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