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613.9 Completing the Application: Name of Author

613.9 Completing the Application: Name of Author


When completing an online application, the applicant should provide the full name of each author who created the copyrightable material that the applicant intends to register.


If the copyrightable material was created by an individual, the applicant should provide the author’s first and last name on the Authors screen in the field marked Individual. If the copyrightable material was created by or on behalf of a corporation, company, organization, or other legal entity, the applicant should provide the name of the entity in the field marked Organization.


When completing a paper application, the applicant should enter the author’s full name on space 2 (A) of the application in the space marked Name of Author. If the work was created by two or more authors, the applicant may provide the names of up to three authors on spaces 2 (A), 2 (B), and 2 (C) of the application (or the names of up to two authors in the case of an application submitted on Form VA). The applicant may add the names of additional authors by completing and submitting as many continuation sheets as necessary.


As a general rule, the applicant should provide the name of the actual individual or entity that created the material that the applicant intends to register. However, there are three exceptions to this rule:


• If the work is a work made for hire, the applicant should list the name of the employer or the name of the party that ordered or commissioned the work (rather than the name of the individual or entity that actually created the work). For a definition and discussion of works made for hire, see Chapter 500, Section 506.


• If the work is an anonymous work, the applicant is not required to provide the author’s full name in the application. Instead, the applicant may state “Anonymous” in the Name of Author field/space or may leave that portion of the application blank, provided that the applicant checks the box marked Anonymous. For a definition and discussion of anonymous works, see Section 615.1.


• If the work is a pseudonymous work, the applicant is not required to provide the author’s full name in the application. Instead, the applicant may insert the author’s pseudonym in the Name of Author field/space, provided that the applicant checks the box marked Pseudonymous. For a definition and discussion of pseudonymous works, see Section 615.2.

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