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1705 Registration Decision Date and Effective Date of Registration

 

1705 Registration Decision Date and Effective Date of Registration

 

If the U.S. Copyright Office registers a work following a first or second request for reconsideration, the Office will assign a registration decision date and an effective date of registration (“EDR”) to the registration.

 

The “registration decision date” is the date that the Office completed its examination and approved the claim after reviewing the applicant’s first or second request for reconsideration. The “effective date of registration” is the day on which the Office received an acceptable application, deposit copy(ies), and filing fee, which were later determined to be acceptable for registration. 17 U.S.C. § 410 (D).

 

As a general rule, if the applicant made a reasonable, good faith effort to complete the relevant fields/spaces in the application, the effective date of registration is the date that the Office received the application, provided that the applicant submitted the appropriate deposit copy(ies) and paid the applicable filing fee as of that date. See Chapter 600, Section 625.