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2116.2 (A) Name of Eligible Author

2116.2 (A) Name of Eligible Author


The full legal name of the author at the time of first publication is required. If there are multiple joint authors, the name of only one joint author on whom eligibility is based is required.


Exceptions: When a work is pseudonymous, the author may be identified by the pseudonym. When a work is anonymous, the author’s legal name is not required but the author’s nationality and domicile must be provided.18


NOTE: When renewal registration is sought for a contribution first published in a periodical or collection (or a separate work or element of authorship first published in a larger work) that bore only a general copyright notice, the eligible work is the periodical, published collection, or larger work. Therefore, Form RE/Addendum should name the eligible author of the periodical, collection, or larger work, while Form RE should identify the author of the contribution or separate element of authorship and

should provide that author’s nationality and domicile at the time of first publication.19


18 This provision represents a change of policy that occurred with the publication of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. Previously, the U.S. Copyright Office required the legal name of at least one author to establish eligibility. For a discussion of this issue, see Section 2115.4 (A) (1).


19 This requirement represents a change of policy that took effect when Form RE was amended to provide nationality and domicile information for an author. Prior to this amendment, Form RE/Addendum identified the eligible author of the work in which the renewal copyright was claimed. For example, if the renewal claim was in a contribution first published in a published collection, Form RE/Addendum identified the author of the contribution because Form RE did not provide this information.

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