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2205.2 (A) Name of Copyright Owner

2205.2 (A) Name of Copyright Owner


As a general rule, the copyright notice on both copies and phonorecords must include one of the following:


• The name of the owner of copyright in the work or an abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or


• A generally known alternative designation of the owner.



17 U.S.C. §§ 401 (B) (3), 402 (B) (3).


Ordinarily, the U.S. Copyright Office will not communicate with the applicant if the name in the notice appears sufficient to identify the copyright owner.