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1802.8 (B) (2) Space B: Correcting Errors in the Basic Registration

 

1802.8 (B) (2) Space B: Correcting Errors in the Basic Registration

 

If the information set forth in the basic registration was incorrect when the registration was made, the applicant should provide the following information in space B of Form CA:

 

• In the space marked Line Heading or Description, the applicant should provide the heading for the relevant section of the basic registration where the incorrect information appears. If the spaces on the certificate of registration are numbered one to nine, the applicant should also provide the relevant number in the space marked “Line Number.” (If there are no numbers on the certificate of registration, the Line Number space may be left blank.)

 

• In the space marked “Incorrect Information as It Appears in Basic Registration,” the applicant should provide the incorrect information exactly as it appears in the basic registration.

 

• In the space marked “Corrected Information,” the applicant should provide the correct information that should have been provided in the application for the basic registration.

 

The applicant may provide a brief explanation for the error or the correction in the space marked “Explanation of Correction.”

 

Examples:

 

• Lauren O’Neill published and registered her book of poems in 1971. In 2000, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a renewal registration for this work. Lauren later notices that her name is misspelled as “Lawren” on the certificate for the renewal registration. The error appears in the “Author” space and the “Renewal Term Ownership Information, Name of Statutory Claimant” space. Lauren may correct this error by providing the following information in space B of Form CA:

 

‚àí Line Number: n/a.

 

‚àí Line Heading or Description: Work or Material Claimed and Author Information, Renewal Term Ownership Information, Name of Statutory Claimant.

 

‚àí Incorrect information: Lawren O’Neill.

 

‚àí Corrected information: Lauren O’Neill.

 

‚àí Explanation of correction: Author’s first name was misspelled.

 

• Steven Albrechtsen was born in Sweden. Steven published a book in Stockholm while he was attending university in another country. Steven failed to renew the copyright at the end of the first term. When the work was restored to copyright protection, he registered his book using Form GATT. Steven correctly stated that he is a Swedish citizen, but incorrectly stated that he was living in Sweden when the work was first published. Steven may correct this error by providing the following information in space B of Form CA:

 

‚àí Line Number: n/a.

 

‚àí Line Heading or Description: Author, Domicile.

 

‚àí Incorrect information: Domicile: Sweden.

 

‚àí Corrected information: Domicile: Germany.

 

‚àí Explanation of correction: The author was not living in Sweden when the work was first published; he was living in Germany.

 

• Marco Systems created a database for a client named Multiverse, LLC, and transferred the copyright in this work to that company through a written agreement. In 2014, Multiverse sought a group registration for the initial published version of the database, as well as two months of revisions. The certificate of registration correctly names Multiverse, LLC as the claimant, but incorrectly names that company as the author of the work. Multiverse may correct this error by providing the following information in space B of Form CA:

 

‚àí Line number: n/a.

 

‚àí Line Heading or Description: Author, Work Made For Hire, Copyright Claimant.

 

‚àí Incorrect information: Author: Multiverse, LLC; Work made for hire: Yes.

 

‚àí Corrected information: Author: Marco Systems; Work made for hire: No; Transfer statement: By written agreement.

 

‚àí Explanation of correction: The database and its revisions were not made for hire; Marco Systems should have been named as the author. Multiverse, LLC obtained the copyright in this database and its updates from the author by written agreement.