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1802.8 Completing the Application

 

1802.8 Completing the Application

 

As a general rule, an applicant must use the online application to correct or amplify the information set forth in a basic registration – ” even if the work was originally registered with a paper application. For guidance in completing the online application, see Section 1802.8 (A).

 

Specifically, the applicant must use the online application to correct or amplify a basic registration for the following types of works:

 

• A literary work, such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoirs, textbooks, computer programs, and other nondramatic textual works.

 

• A work of the visual arts, such as two-dimensional or three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, or applied art, prints, art reproductions, maps, technical drawings, and architectural works.

 

• A work of the performing arts, such as a musical work, dramatic work, choreographic work, pantomime, motion picture, or other audiovisual work.

 

• A sound recording, such as an audiobook, a podcast, or a recording of a song.

 

• A single issue of a serial publication, such as a periodical, magazine, newsletter, or journal.

 

37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (1).

 

Likewise, applicants must use the online application to correct or amplify the information appearing in the following types of registrations:

 

• A registration for a compilation, a collective work, or a derivative work.

 

• A registration for an unpublished collection. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (1).

 

• A registration for a unit of publication. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (B) (4); 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (1).

 

• A registration for a group of serials. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (D); 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (1).

 

• A registration for a group of newspapers. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (E); 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (1).

 

• A registration for a group of newsletters. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (F); 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (1).

 

• A registration for a group of contributions to periodicals. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (G); 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (1).

 

• A registration for a group of secure test items. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.13; 37 C.F.R. § 202.4(k).

 

• A registration for a group of unpublished photographs or a group of published photographs. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (H)- (I); 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (1).

 

Applicants must use the online application to correct or amplify the information in a group registration for a database that predominantly consists of photographs. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (B) (5). But before submitting the claim, the applicant must contact the Visual Arts Division at (202) 707-8202 to obtain prior authorization and instructions concerning the information that should be included in the application. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (4).

 

Similarly, applicants must use the online application to correct or amplify the information in a registration for a group of unpublished works, or a group of short online literary works. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (E) (2). But before submitting the claim, the applicant must contact the Office of Registration Policy & Practice at copyinfo@copyright.gov to obtain prior authorization and instructions concerning the information that should be included in the application. For additional information, see Supplementary Registration (Circular 8).

 

By contrast, applicants must use a paper application submitted on Form CA to correct or amplify the information appearing in the following types of registrations:

 

• A group registration for a database that does not predominantly consist of photographs. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (B) (5); 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (4).

 

• A GATT registration for a foreign work restored to copyright protection under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.12; 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (4).

 

• A renewal registration for a work registered or first published before January 1, 1978. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.17; 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (E) (4).

 

For guidance in completing Form CA, see Section 1802.8 (B).

 

See generally Supplementary Registration, 82 Fed. Reg. 27,424 (June 15, 2017); Supplementary Registration, 81 Fed. Reg. 86,656, 86,660 & n.26 (Dec. 1, 2016).