620.11 Extraneous Information Provided in the Transfer Statement Field / Space
As a general rule, if the author and the claimant appear to be the same person or organization the registration specialist will ignore any extraneous information that may be provided in the Transfer field/space, unless it explains or contradicts information that has been provided elsewhere in the registration materials.
• An online application is submitted for a motion picture naming “Hari Prasad (Pvt.), Ltd., employer of Vijay Prasad” as the author and copyright claimant. The applicant checks the box indicating that the work is a work made for hire, and the transfer statement reads “by written agreement,” “by contract,” or the like. The registration specialist will register the claim without communicating with the applicant, because the transfer statement apparently refers to an employment agreement or work made for hire agreement, rather than an assignment of copyright from the author to the copyright claimant.
• Teacher Learning Services, Inc. submits an application for a textbook naming the company as the author and the copyright claimant. The work made for hire box is checked “yes” and the transfer statement states “by contract.” The registration specialist will register the claim without communicating with the applicant, because the transfer statement apparently refers to a work made for hire agreement.
• Dennis Jameson submits an online application for a logo naming himself as the author/claimant of the work. The Transfer field reads “I created this logo for my unincorporated business.” The registration specialist will ignore the extraneous statement and will register the claim.
• An online application names Reed Hall as the author and claimant for a poem. The transfer statement reads “My nephew wrote this poem. I am his legal guardian.” The registration specialist will communicate with the applicant, because the transfer statement suggests that Reed is neither the author nor the copyright owner of this work.