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1703.2 Review of the First Request for Reconsideration

1703.2 Review of the First Request for Reconsideration


The first request for reconsideration will be reviewed by a U.S. Copyright Office staff attorney in the Registration Program office who did not participate in the initial examination of the claim. The Office will base its decision on the applicant’s submission and the administrative record. If the Office needs additional information in order to make its decision, the staff attorney will notify the applicant in writing. The Office will not hear oral argument in support of a first request for reconsideration.


The refusal to register is subject to de novo review, which means that the Office will take a fresh look at whether the work meets the statutory requirements for copyright registration.


If the Office decides to register the work, it will notify the applicant in writing. This notification will be sent to the individual who submitted the first request for reconsideration, rather than the correspondent listed in the application. A certificate of registration will be sent separately to the mailing address specified in the application. See Chapter 600, Section 622.4.


If the Office upholds the refusal to register, it will notify the applicant in writing and will explain the reasons for its decision. This notification will be sent to the individual who submitted the first request for reconsideration.


The Office will respond to the first request within four months after the date that the first request was received. If the deadline falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next federal work day. In no case shall a failure to respond within four months after the date that the first request was received result in the registration of the applicant’s work.


See generally 37 C.F.R. § 202.5 (B) (4) (discussing the procedure for reviewing a first request for reconsideration).

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