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2105 Registration for the Original Term Is Not Required

2105 Registration for the Original Term Is Not Required


Before the Renewal Act, a published work had to be registered for the original term before that term expired, and a renewal claim had to be filed during the last year of that term to extend copyright into the renewal term. A copyright claim for the original term could be filed simultaneously with a renewal claim, but the renewal claim was held until the original registration was completed so the renewal registration could cite the original registration record.


Exceptions: An original registration was not required for U.C.C. works, but a renewal claim had to be filed during the last year of the original term. Also, an original registration for a contribution first published in a collection was not required to register a renewal claim in the contribution.


The Renewal Act extended copyright protection into the renewal term regardless of whether the work was registered for the original or renewal term. When no registration was made for the original term, a renewal with addendum registration is required to demonstrate that the work as first published complied with all requirements of the Copyright Act of 1909 with respect to the existence, ownership, or duration of the copyright.