Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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614.2 (B) (4) Volunteer Created Work Made for Hire

614.2 (B) (4) Volunteer Created Work Made for Hire

A work created by an individual volunteer(s) may or may not be considered a work made for hire, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. If the application names an organization or company as the author, and if the work made for hire question has been answered “yes,” the U.S. Copyright Office will not communicate with the applicant if it appears that the work was created by a volunteer.


• An application names Faith Church as the author of a sound recording and the work made for hire box is checked “yes.” In the Note to Copyright Office field, the applicant states that the recording was created by the members of the church choir. The registration specialist will register the claim without communicating with the applicant.

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