614.1 (F) Identifying the Claimant for a Work Made for Hire
When completing an online application or paper application, the applicant will be asked to identify the full name and address of the claimant. For purposes of copyright registration, the claimant for a work made for hire is either the author of the work (i.e., employer or the party that ordered or commissioned the work) or a person or organization that obtained ownership of all the exclusive rights under copyright act by legal or written transfer. 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (A) (3). If the person(s) or organization(s) named in the application as the author and copyright claimant are not the same, the applicant should provide a brief statement explaining how the claimant obtained ownership of the copyright. 17 U.S.C. § 409 (5). For guidance on completing this portion of the application, see Sections 619 and 620.