610.5 Series Title
If the applicant intends to register an episode or installment from a series of works, the applicant should provide the title of that episode or installment along with the title of the series. The Series Title is the main title by which the series is known.
Specifically, the applicant should list the title of the episode or installment as the Title of Work Being Registered, along with any number or other alphanumeric designation that has been assigned to that episode or installment (e.g., “Episode 217,” “Fourth Installment,” etc.). The applicant should enter the title of the series as the Series Title.
A registration for a particular episode or installment from a series of works covers the specific episode or installment that has been submitted for registration. The U.S. Copyright Office does not offer “blanket registrations” that cover future episodes or installments in the same series.
As a general rule, it is not possible to register an entire series with one application, because the individual episodes and installments in a series are typically published on different dates. Consequently, the registration specialist will communicate with the applicant if the applicant provides the title for the entire series as the Title of Work Being Registered, or if it appears that the applicant is attempting to register separately published episodes or installments from a series of works with one application.
• The applicant intends to register one of the episodes from his podcast. The podcast is known as The Mike O’Leary Show. The episode in question is titled “Enjoy the Boat.” It is the 687th episode of this podcast. The applicant should provide “Enjoy the Boat (Episode 687)” as the Title of Work Being Registered, and The Mike O’Leary Show as the Series Title.
• The applicant intends to register the pilot for a television series titled Star Track. The pilot is titled “The Synod Syndrome.” The applicant should provide “The Synod Syndrome (Pilot)” as the Title of Work Being Registered and Star Track as the Series Title.
• The applicant intends to register a book titled Double Trouble. This is the 56th book in a series of books for teenage girls known as Harper Valley High School. The applicant should provide Double Trouble, No. 56 as the Title of Work Being Registered and Harper Valley High School as the Series Title.
• The applicant submits an application for nine separate books on the planets. The application states that Space Almanac is both the Title of Work Being Registered and the Series Title. The application will be questioned if it appears that the nine books were published separately.