Copyright Compendium

Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Chapter 100
Chapter 200
Chapter 300
Chapter 400
Chapter 500
Chapter 600
Chapter 700
Chapter 800
Chapter 900
Chapter 1000
Chapter 1100
Chapter 1200
Chapter 1300
Chapter 1400
Chapter 1500
Chapter 1600
Chapter 1700
Chapter 1800
Chapter 1900
Chapter 2000
Chapter 2100
Chapter 2200
Chapter 2300
Chapter 2400

404 Who Is the Claimant?


404 Who Is the Claimant?


The only parties who are eligible to be the copyright claimant are (I) the author of the work, or (ii) a copyright owner who owns all of the exclusive rights in the work. 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (A) (3). A person or entity who owns one or more – but less than all – of the exclusive rights in a work is not eligible to be a claimant. See Part 202 – Registration of Claims to Copyright, 43 Fed. Reg. 965, 965 (Jan. 5, 1978); Registration of Copyright: Definition of Claimant, 77 Fed. Reg. 29,257, 29,258 (May 17, 2012).


Although the author or the copyright owner who owns all of the rights are the only parties who are entitled to claim ownership of the copyright, an application to register that claim may be certified and submitted by any of the parties listed in Section 402. In some cases, the applicant and the claimant may be the same party, while in other cases they may be different.


[convertkit form=2550354]