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1802.6(J) The Claim to Copyright

 

1802.6(J) The Claim to Copyright

 

A supplementary registration may be used to correct or amplify the claim that has been asserted in the basic registration. Specifically, it may be used to correct or amend the information that appears on the certificate of registration in the fields/spaces marked Author Created, Limitation of Copyright Claim, Nature of Authorship, and/or Material Added to This Work. If the specialist determines that the authorship described in the application for supplementary registration is not registrable, he or she may communicate with the applicant and may refuse to issue a supplementary registration.

 

Examples:

 

• Deanna Mueller registered an unpublished journal, naming herself as the author of the “text.” Deanna would like to add a claim in “illustrations” to the registration record. The registration specialist will retrieve the deposit copy from the Office’s files to determine if Deanna contributed a sufficient amount of artwork to this work. If so, the specialist will issue a supplementary registration.

 

• Todoroff Designs registered a cookbook. The basic registration identifies the New Material Included in the claim as “text, two- dimensional artwork” and the Material Excluded from this claim as “text, two-dimensional artwork.” Todoroff submits an application for supplementary registration to clarify that this is the eighth edition of this cookbook and that the company intended to register the text and artwork that appears on pages 2, 12, and 60-82 of this edition. The registration specialist will retrieve the deposit copy to determine if these pages contain a sufficient amount of new copyrightable authorship. If so, the specialist will issue a supplementary registration.

 

• Bennett James registered an unpublished album titled The Black Dossier. The basic registration states that the author created “music, lyrics, and musical arrangement.” Bennett submits an application for supplementary registration stating that he created the artwork that appears on the album cover. The registration specialist retrieves the deposit copy from the Office’s files and determines that the artwork merely consists of the title of the album superimposed on a black background. The specialist will refuse to issue a supplementary registration, because the artwork that appears on the album is not copyrightable.