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602.4 (B) Scope of the Examination

602.4 (B) Scope of the Examination

The U.S. Copyright Office examines the registration materials to determine:

• Whether the work constitutes copyrightable subject matter; and

• Whether the other legal and formal requirements have been met, including those set forth in the Copyright Act, the U.S. Copyright Office’s regulations, and the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition.

As a general rule, the Office will register a claim to copyright where the work contains copyrightable subject matter, where the application is acceptable on its face, and where the facts stated therein are not contradicted by each other or by information in the deposit copy(ies) or elsewhere in the registration materials.

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