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

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615.3 Privacy Concerns


615.3 Privacy Concerns


Because registration records are open to the public, an applicant should not disclose the author’s real name or address in an application for an anonymous or pseudonymous work if the author does not wish to make that information public. If the applicant discloses the author’s identity or the author’s address on the application, that information will appear on the certificate of registration. In addition, this information will appear in the online public record for the work, which may be accessed by anyone who searches for the work on the Office’s website.


Once a certificate of registration has been issued, the Office cannot remove the author’s name from the registration record or replace it with a pseudonym. The author, claimant, or their respective representatives may submit a written request to the Office to substitute the author’s current legal name for the name shown in the online public record (but not the offline public record). To do so, the requesting party must submit an affidavit together with a court order granting the legal name change, and must pay the appropriate fee for this service. For more information on this procedure, see Chapter 1800, Section 1805.


For a general discussion of privacy issues, see Chapter 200, Section 205.


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