Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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2119.2 Identity of Author

2119.2 Identity of Author

When a renewal claim is based on an original class B registration record, the name of the author is not required, because the original registration record did not identify the author. If the periodical issue was not registered for the original term, the renewal registration must identify the proprietary or individual author. If the author is not the original copyright claimant, the U.S. Copyright Office will generally request information that supports the author facts.

24 This registration requirement represents a change from the practice applied to timely renewal registrations when the Office accepted both claims to the renewal copyrights on one Form RE.

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