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2130 Uncorrected Errors in Original Registration Records


2130 Uncorrected Errors in Original Registration Records


Generally, when a renewal claim is based on an original registration record, it should reflect the facts given in the original registration record. However, when that record contains an error that was not corrected during the original term and the error is presented to the U.S. Copyright Office at the time of renewal registration, the Office may allow the renewal registration record to state the correct facts if those facts are supported and will result in a more useful and accurate renewal registration record. For information regarding renewal claims with new or different information, see Section 2134.



30 The Office interpreted this provision broadly to include a variety of works by the same individual author (such as textual articles, cartoons, photographs, musical works) that were first published as separate, distinct works of authorship in periodicals, and other larger works, including serials and published collections, published within the same calendar year, and until 2006, did not require that such renewal claims be filed during the renewal filing period.

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