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

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405.2 Minors

405.2 Minors

Minors may claim copyright, and the U.S. Copyright Office will accept applications submitted either by or on behalf of a minor if the application is otherwise proper and complete.

Minors may appoint a duly authorized agent to file the application on their behalf, such as a parent, guardian, or other qualified agent. Because registration records are open to the public, the applicant should not provide any private or confidential information in the application that is not required for registration if the applicant does not wish to make that information public. Any information that is provided in the application may be made available to the general public through the Office’s online database. Once the Office issues a certificate of registration, in most cases it cannot remove any information from the registration record, including a minor’s name, address, or year of birth.

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