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206 General Overview of the Examination Process

206 General Overview of the Examination Process


Once the U.S. Copyright Office receives the application, deposit copy(ies), and filing fee, the application and deposit copy(ies) will be sent to the Registration Program, where they will be assigned to a registration specialist. The specialist will examine these materials to determine whether the work constitutes copyrightable subject matter and if the applicant has met the other legal and formal requirements, including those set forth in the Copyright Act, the Copyright Office regulations, and the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices. See 17 U.S.C. § 410 (A). For detailed information on this process, see Chapter 600 (Examination Practices).

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