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2115.5 (G) Name of Vested Owner and Statutory Basis of Claim Statement Required

2115.5 (G) Name of Vested Owner and Statutory Basis of Claim Statement Required


The full legal name of the vested owner is required, even when the work is anonymous. When a work is pseudonymous and the vested owner is the author, the renewal claim may identify the vested owner by the author’s pseudonym.17 An acceptable statement explaining the statutory basis for the vested owner’s claim to the renewal copyright is also required. See Section 2115.5 (E). When the vested owner acquired the renewal copyright from the statutory renewal claimant as determined by a timely renewal registration, the statement should also show how the vested owner acquired the renewal copyright from the statutory renewal claimant. See Section 2115.5 (E) (3).


17 This policy took effect with the publication of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition.

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