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1802 Supplementary Registration: Correcting or Amplifying the Information in a Registration

 

1802 Supplementary Registration: Correcting or Amplifying the Information in a Registration

 

A supplementary registration is a special type of registration that may be used “to correct an error in a copyright registration or to amplify the information given in a registration.” 17 U.S.C. § 408 (D).

 

A supplementary registration identifies an error or omission in a basic registration and places the correct information or additional information in the public record. Supplementary registrations may be used only to correct or amplify limited issues involving certain types of registrations, which are listed in Section 1802.3 below. Id.; 37 C.F.R. § 202.6.

 

When the U.S. Copyright Office issues a supplementary registration, it does not cancel or replace the basic registration or the registration number for that registration. Likewise, the Office will not change the information set forth in the basic registration or the public record for that registration. Instead, the Office assigns a separate registration number and effective date of registration to the supplementary registration. The basic registration and the supplementary registration coexist with each other in the public record, and the supplementary registration augments – but does not supersede – the information set forth in the basic registration. 17 U.S.C. § 408 (D); 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (F) (2).