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2101 What This Chapter Covers

2101 What This Chapter Covers


This Chapter covers renewal registration of works that fall under the provisions of the Copyright Renewal Act of 1992, i.e., works that secured copyright by registration or publication between 1964 and 1977, inclusive. The purposes are:


• To provide an overview of the renewal system and the effects of the Copyright Renewal Act of 1992 on renewal registration;


• To provide guidance to the public and U.S Copyright Office staff in registering renewal claims under Section 304 (A) of Title 17, as amended by the Copyright Renewal Act of 1992; and


• To explain Office policy regarding certain copyright matters as they relate specifically to renewal registration.


This Chapter is divided into eight parts:


• Part I provides an overview of the renewal system as it evolved from 1909 to 1992. Start here to read about the terms of copyright and renewal provisions of the Copyright Act of 1909 and how they evolved.


• Part II explains the impact of the Copyright Renewal Act of 1992 on renewal registration in general. Start here to read about this amendment and how it affects renewal registration.


• Part III explains renewal registration requirements in general and how to complete Form RE or Form RE/Addendum. Start here for an overview of renewal registration requirements, or how to complete Form RE and Form RE/Addendum.


• Part IV explains renewal registration requirements for works that were not registered for the original term. Start here to read about the renewal registration requirements for a particular type of work.


• Part V discusses several broad copyright matters as they relate to renewal registration. Start here to read about how the manufacturing clause affects renewal registration, issues related to joint works or published collections, or what to do when an original registration record contains an error.


• Part VI discusses post renewal registration issues. Start here for information about amending a renewal registration record, or filing a renewal claim in a work for which a renewal registration is already on record.


• Part VII discusses restoration of copyright under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (“URAA”) in foreign works whose restored copyrights are governed by the


Copyright Act of 1909. Start here for information about foreign works that are not eligible for renewal registration but may be eligible for registration under the URAA.


• Part VIII contains a glossary of terms. Start here to find an explanation of terms related to renewal registration.


NOTE: The definitions provided in the glossary only apply to this Chapter.