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618.7 (B) Asserting a Claim to Copyright in a Contribution to a Collective Work

618.7 (B) Asserting a Claim to Copyright in a Contribution to a Collective Work 618.7 (B) (1) Registering a Contribution without Registering the Collective Work as a Whole


If the applicant intends to register a contribution to a collective work, but does not intend to register the collective work as a whole, the applicant should provide the title of the contribution in the Title of Work Being Registered field. The applicant should provide the title of the collective work in which the contribution appears in the Title of Larger Work field. For guidance on completing these fields on the Titles screen, see Sections 610.2 and 610.4 (B). The applicant should assert a claim in that contribution by checking one or more of the boxes in the Author Created field that accurately describes that contribution. For guidance on completing this field, see Section 618.4 (A).


To register a contribution to a collective work with a paper application, the applicant should identify the authorship that the applicant intends to register in space 2 under the heading Nature of Authorship.


For representative examples that demonstrate how to complete the Author Created field and the Nature of Authorship space in an application to register a contribution to a collective work, see Section 618.7 (D).


NOTE: If the claimant owns the copyright in the individual contribution(s) that appear within a collective work, but does not own the copyright in the collective work as a whole, the applicant generally must submit a separate application for each contribution. In some cases, it may be possible to register multiple contributions using the group option for contributions to periodicals, the group option for unpublished works, or the group option for published or unpublished photographs. For information concerning these options, see Chapter 1100, Sections 1106, 1110, and 1114.

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