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

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1608 Notification of Preregistration

1608 Notification of Preregistration

If the application for preregistration has been approved, the U.S. Copyright Office will issue a notification of preregistration to the person or organization named in the application as the correspondent. The Office will send the notification to the email address that the applicant provided on the Notification & Certification section of the application.

The notification will include the preregistration number that has been assigned to the claim and the effective date of the preregistration. Preregistration numbers are not based on the nature of the work (i.e., a number beginning with the letters VA for a work of the visual arts or a number beginning with the letters PA for a work of the performing arts). Instead, they are numbered consecutively beginning with the prefix PRE, regardless of whether the work in question is a motion picture, a sound recording, a musical composition, a book, a computer program, a videogame, or an advertising or marketing photograph.

The notification of preregistration will remind the correspondent that the work should be registered in a timely manner to secure the full benefit of the preregistration, and that the preregistration number should be included in the application for a basic registration to ensure that the records for the preregistration and the basic registration will be cross-referenced with each other.

The notification of preregistration is the only notice that the Office will provide to the applicant or the claimant indicating that a preregistration has been made. The Office does not issue paper certificates for preregistrations.

The Office will make the preregistration record available to the public through its Public Catalog. This database is available through the Office’s website. Additionally, the Records, Research, and Certification Section will issue a certified copy of the notification of preregistration upon written request. For more information, see Chapter 2400, Section 2407.

See 37 C.F.R. § 202.16 (C) (10)- (12); see also Preregistration of Certain Unpublished Copyright Claims, 70 Fed. Reg. 42,286, 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Unpublished Copyright Claims, 70 Fed.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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