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1807.2 What Types of Records May Be Cancelled by the U.S. Copyright Office?

1807.2 What Types of Records May Be Cancelled by the U.S. Copyright Office?


The Office may cancel the following types of records:


• A basic registration issued under Sections 408 (A) or 408 (C) (1) of the Copyright Act.


• A supplementary registration issued under Section 408 (D) of the Copyright Act.


• A renewal registration issued under Section 304 of the Copyright Act or under title 17 of the United States Code as it existed before January 1, 1978.


• A registration for a mask work or vessel design issued under Sections 908 or 1313 of the Copyright Act.


The Office will not cancel the following types of records:


• A basic registration or renewal registration that has expired, such as a registration issued on or before December 31, 1977 that covered the first twenty-eight years of the copyright term.


• A preregistration issued under Section 408 (D) of the Copyright Act.


• Any other type of record maintained by the Office, such as deposit copies or recorded documents.