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618.7 (B) (2) Registering a Collective Work and a Contribution to a Collective Work

 

618.7 (B) (2) Registering a Collective Work and a Contribution to a Collective Work

 

If the claimant owns the copyright in the collective work as a whole, and owns the copyright in one or more of the contributions that appear within that work, the applicant may register those contributions together with the collective work – ” but only if those contributions have not been previously published or previously registered. In no case may the claimant register a contribution that is in the public domain.

 

If the author of the collective work created the contributions that appear within the collective work, the applicant may register the contributions together with the collective work by providing the following information in the online application:

 

• The applicant should provide the title of the collective work as the “Title of work being registered.” For guidance on completing this portion of the Titles screen, see Section 610.2.

 

• The applicant should assert a claim in the collective work as a whole using the procedure described in Section 618.7 (A).

 

• The applicant should assert a claim in the contribution(s) by checking one or more of the boxes in the Author Created field that accurately describe the contribution(s) that the applicant intends to register. For guidance on completing this portion of the application, see Section 618.4 (A).

 

The applicant may provide the titles of the contributions that were created by the author of the collective work, although this is optional. Specifically, the applicant may provide this information in the Contents Title field. For guidance on completing this portion of the Titles screen, see Section 610.4. Alternatively, the applicant may identify the contributions that were created by the author of the collective work by providing the titles of those works in the New Material Included field and by disclaiming “all other contributions” in the Material Excluded field. Alternatively, the applicant may identify the contributions that are not owned by the claimant (if any) by providing the titles of those works in the Material Excluded field and by stating “all other contributions” in the New Material Included field. For guidance on completing this portion of the application, see Section 621.8 (D).

 

If the claimant owns the copyright in the collective work and the individual contributions – ” but is not the author of those contributions – ” the applicant may register the contributions together with the collective work by providing the following information in the online application:

 

• The applicant should provide the title of the collective work as the “Title of work being registered.” For guidance on completing the Titles screen, see Section 610.2.

 

• The applicant should assert a claim in the collective work as a whole using the procedure described in Section 618.7 (A).

 

• On the Authors screen the applicant may provide the name of the individual or entity that created the contribution in the field marked Individual Author or Organization, although this is optional. For guidance on completing this portion of the application, see Section 613.9.

 

• On the Claimants screen the applicant should provide an appropriate transfer statement in the Transfer field that explains how the claimant obtained the copyright in the contribution, such as “by written agreement with each contributor,” “by written agreement(s) with individual contributors not named on the application/certificate,” or the like. For additional guidance on providing a transfer statement, see Section 620.9.

 

• The applicant may provide the titles of the contributions that have been transferred to the copyright claimant, although this is optional. Specifically, the applicant may provide this information on the Authors screen in the field marked Author Created/Other. Currently, the total amount of text that may be provided in the Author Created/Other field is limited to 100 characters. If more space is required, the applicant may provide additional information in the Note to Copyright Office field. Alternatively, the applicant may identify the contributions that are not owned by the copyright claimant by disclaiming those titles in the Material Excluded field, and by stating “all other contributions” in the New Material Included field. For guidance on completing this portion of the application, see Section 621.8 (D).

 

If the work contains contributions created by other authors, the applicant should repeat the process set forth in the bullets immediately above for each contribution that the applicant intends to register.

 

To register a collective work and/or 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). For guidance in registering a catalog as a collective work, see Chapter 900, Section 915.