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610.4 (B) Title of Larger Work

 

610.4 (B) Title of Larger Work

If the applicant wishes to register a contribution to a larger work, such as an article that has been published in a newspaper, or a recording of a song that has been released on an album, the applicant should use the Title of Larger Work field to identify the larger work in which the contribution appears. When completing an online application the applicant should provide any volume number, issue date, or similar designation that may be used to identify the larger work, and, if applicable, the page number(s) within the larger work where the contribution appears.

 

If it appears that the applicant intends to register a separate and independent work that has been included in another work, and if the applicant fails to provide the title of the larger work, the registration specialist may add the missing title if it appears in the deposit copy(ies) or elsewhere in the registration materials. If the title of the larger work is not specified in the deposit copy(ies) or elsewhere in the registration materials, the registration specialist may communicate with the applicant. Generally, the registration specialist will communicate when it is unclear whether the applicant intends to register the larger work as a whole, or a separate and independent work that appears within the larger work.

 

Examples:

 

• Melody Meyers submits an application for a song titled “Melody in G,” which was included in an album titled Enchanted Melodies. The rest of the songs on this album are owned by other parties. Enchanted Melodies should be entered as the Title of Larger Work and “Melody in G” should be provided as the Title of Work Being Registered.

 

• An application is submitted for an article titled “Running a Marathon,” which appeared on pages 45-46 of Field & Track magazine (Vol. 22, April 13, 2004). “Running a Marathon” should be entered as the Title of Work Being Registered, while the Title of Larger Work should be identified as “Field & Track (Volume 22, April 13, 2004, on pages 45-46).”

 

• Alexandra Rodriguez submits a Form TX to register her story “Why I Live at the A&P,” which was published on pages 238-260 of the anthology Stories by American Women. The title of her story “Why I Live at the A&P” should be entered on space 1, Title of This Work. The title of the anthology should be entered on space 1 under Publication as a Contribution, Title of Collective Work. Alexandra also should give the page numbers 238-260 in the On Pages section of space 1.

 

• Nikhil Shah is the author of the story “Living on Top of the World,” which appeared on pages 10-20 of Katmandu Comics (Vol. 32, No. 28, June 14, 2011). Nikhil provided the title of his story, but failed to identify the larger work where the story appeared. The registration specialist may add the missing information (title of the larger work, volume and issue number, issue date, and page numbers) to the Title of Larger Work field, and may add an annotation, such as: “Regarding title: Title of larger work added by Copyright Office from the copy.”

 

NOTE: Space 1 of paper Forms TX and VA state that “If this work was published as a contribution to a periodical, serial, or collection, give the information about the collective work in which the contribution appeared.” This space does not appear in the online application or other paper applications. If the applicant wishes to register a contribution to a larger work (but does not intend to register the larger work as a whole), the applicant should enter the title of that contribution in the space marked Title of this work. The title of the periodical, serial, or other collective work where the applicant’s contribution appeared should be entered in the space marked Title of Collective Work.