Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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2309.9 (C) Incorporation by Reference


2309.9 (C) Incorporation by Reference


If the transfer or other document pertaining to copyright merely references another document or merely incorporates terms set forth in another document, the recordation specialist will record the document without communicating with the remitter.




• The Office receives an assignment of copyright. The first sentence reads: “In accordance with the terms of mutual understanding previously entered into between the parties on January 2, 2008, which are incorporated by reference herein, the assignor hereby assigns the copyright in the musical composition to the assignee.” The recordation specialist will record the assignment without communicating with the remitter.


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