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2309.15 Date of Recordation for a Transfer or Other Document Pertaining to Copyright

2309.15 Date of Recordation for a Transfer or Other Document Pertaining to Copyright


When the Office records a transfer of ownership or other document pertaining to copyright, the Office assigns a date of recordation to the certificate of recordation. The date of recordation is the date when the Office receives a proper filing fee and a proper document regardless of when the recordation specialist examines and records the document. If the document and the filing fee are received on different dates, the date of recordation is based on the date of receipt for the last item that is received by the Office. Likewise, if the document is returned to the remitter for correction, the date of recordation is based on the date that the corrected document is received by the Office. 37 C.F.R. § 201.4 (C), (E).


Example:


• On July 1st, the remitter submits an assignment of copyright containing twelve titles, together with the correct filing fee for eleven titles. On November 1st the recordation specialist notifies the remitter that the correct filing fee has not been paid. On November 2nd, the remitter submits the appropriate filing fee for the other titles listed in the document. The document will be recorded with a date of recordation of November 2nd.