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2138 Correcting and / or Amplifying Information in a Renewal Registration Record

2138 Correcting and / or Amplifying Information in a Renewal Registration Record


A supplementary registration is a special type of registration that may be used “to correct an error in a copyright registration or to amplify the information given in a registration,” including a renewal registration. 17 U.S.C. § 408 (D); 37 C.F.R. § 202.6 (B) (1)(ii). Specifically, it identifies an error or omission in an existing registration and places the corrected information or additional information in the public record.


Generally, the U.S. Copyright Office will not accept a supplementary registration that presents information that is adverse to the facts stated in the renewal registration record. When renewal registration is still possible, the Office may encourage the applicant to file an adverse renewal claim. For information regarding adverse situations, see Section 2137. When renewal registration is not an option, the Office may encourage the applicant to record any relevant documents rather than seeking a registration.


For general information concerning the procedure for seeking a supplementary registration, see Chapter 1800, Section 1802.

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