Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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1802.9 (H) Refusal to Register

1802.9 (H) Refusal to Register

If the U.S. Copyright Office determines that the applicant is not authorized to file the application for supplementary registration or that the other requirements for a supplementary registration have not been met, the registration specialist will refuse registration. A refusal to register only some of the elements in an application for supplementary registration may be communicated in a telephone conversation, by email, or by letter. A decision to reject the entire application will be made by a written communication sent to the correspondent named in the application.

If the applicant disagrees with the Office’s decision, the applicant may appeal that decision within the Office. This is an administrative procedure known as a request for reconsideration. To exercise this option, the applicant should follow the procedures set forth in 37 C.F.R. § 202.5 and Chapter 1700, Sections 1703 and 1708.

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