2301 What This Chapter Covers
This Chapter discusses the practices and procedures for recording the following types of documents with the U.S. Copyright Office:
• Transfers of copyright ownership.
• Documents pertaining to copyright.
• Documents pertaining to mask works and vessel designs (which may be recorded under the same practices and procedures applicable to documents pertaining to copyright).
• Notices of termination.
• Designations of agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement under Section 512 (C) of the Copyright Act.
• Documents pertaining to computer shareware.
• Visual Arts Registry Statements.
For information concerning the recordation of statements pertaining to renewal claims, see Chapter 2100, Section 2139.
This Chapter does not discuss statements regarding the identity of authors of anonymous and pseudonymous works or statements relating to the life or death of authors. Although the Office is authorized to record these types of statements under Sections 302 (C) or 302 (D) of the Copyright Act, it has not issued specific regulations on this issue.
This Chapter does not discuss the following types of documents, which are recorded by the Copyright Office’s Licensing Division:
• Certain contracts entered into by cable systems located outside of the forty-eight contiguous states filed under Section 111 (E) (2) of the Copyright Act.
• Statements of account filed by cable systems and satellite carriers under Sections 111 and 119 of the Copyright Act.
• Notices of intention to obtain a compulsory license for making and distributing phonorecords as well as statements of account filed under Section 115 of the Copyright Act.
• Notices of distribution of digital audio recording devices or media and statements of account filed under Sections 1003 and 1004 of the Copyright Act.
This Chapter does not discuss the procedure for recording a notice of intent to enforce a restored copyright filed under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (“URAA”) or a statement of intent pertaining to the restoration of copyright protection for certain motion pictures and works embodied therein under the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (“NAFTA”). For information concerning this procedure, see Copyright Restoration Under the URAA (Circular 38b).
Likewise, this Chapter does not discuss the procedure for recording a distinctive identification for an owner of a vessel design. For information concerning this procedure, see Chapter 1300, Section 1309.3.