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620.10 (C) (3) Transfer Statements That Merely Describe the Relationship between the Author and the Copyright Claimant

620.10 (C) (3) Transfer Statements That Merely Describe the Relationship between the Author and the Copyright Claimant


As a general rule, the U.S. Copyright Office will not accept a transfer statement that merely describes the relationship between the author and the claimant without specifying how the claimant obtained ownership of the copyright.


Examples:


• Claimant is the author’s father, mother, son, or daughter, or any other member of the author’s family (even if the author is a minor).


• Claimant is the mother, father, daughter, son, widow, or widower of a deceased author, or any other member of the deceased author’s family (although the Office will accept a transfer statement indicating that the claimant is the author’s “heir,” acquired the copyright “by will,” or similar statements indicating that the claimant obtained the copyright “by inheritance”).


• Claimant is the author’s spouse (although the Office will accept a transfer statement indicating that the spouse acquired the copyright “by operation of state community property law”).


• Author is president of claimant corporation.


• Author owns 100% of the claimant corporation’s stock.


• Claimant is the author’s agent.


• Claimant is the author’s publisher.


• Claimant is the author’s licensee.


• Claimant produces all of the author’s artistic works.

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