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618.8 (I) Nature of This Work

618.8 (I) Nature of This Work


This Section discusses the Nature of This Work space, which appears only in space 1 of Forms VA and PA. This space does not appear in the online application or other paper applications.


The U.S. Copyright Office added this space to Forms PA and VA, because these applications may be used to register different categories of works. The Nature of This Work space should be used to describe the physical nature of the deposit copy(ies) (e.g., cartoon, model, globe, chart, puppet, hologram, etc.). It should not be used to describe the type of authorship that the author created. See Registration of Claims to Copyright, 65 Fed. Reg. 41,508, 41,508 (July 5, 2000). However, if the applicant failed to complete the Nature of Authorship space, and if the statement provided in the Nature of This Work space adequately describes the work being registered, the registration specialist may add that statement to space 2 of the application. For information concerning this procedure, see Section 618.8 (H).

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