618.8 (G) Copyrightable Material in the Deposit Copy(ies) That Has Not Been Claimed in the Application
As discussed in Sections 618.4 (A) and 618.4 (B), the applicant should identify all of the copyrightable authorship that the applicant intends to register in the Author Created field or the Nature of Authorship space.
• Masai Designs intends to register a website containing articles, illustrations, photographs, and animated graphics. In the Author Created / Other field, the applicant asserts a claim in “text, 2-D artwork, photographs, and audiovisual material.” The registration specialist will register the claim.
In the case of a collective work or a derivative work the registration specialist may register the claim without communicating with the applicant if the deposit copy(ies) contain a substantial amount of copyrightable material that is not mentioned in the application and if the author of that material is not specified in the deposit copy(ies). In this situation, the specialist will conclude that the applicant only intends to register the authorship that is specifically claimed in the application.
If the work was created by a single author, and if there is a specific statement on the deposit copy(ies) indicating that the author created all of the copyrightable material that appears in the work, the specialist may communicate with the applicant or may add an annotation to the registration record if the copy(ies) contain a substantial amount of copyrightable material that has not been claimed in the application.
• An application is submitted for a musical work naming Greg Gardner as the author of “lyrics.” A statement on the deposit copy reads “music, lyrics, and performance by Greg Gardner.” The registration specialist may communicate with the applicant to determine whether the claim is intended to cover a musical work and a sound recording.