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620.9 (B) (1) Transfer by Written Agreement

620.9 (B) (1) Transfer by Written Agreement


The U.S. Copyright Office will accept a transfer statement that clearly states that the copyright was transferred to the claimant by a written agreement.


Examples:


• By acquisition, merger, merger agreement, merger transaction, or the like (provided that both the author and claimant are legal entities).


• By assignment.


• By assignment to the United States government.


• By assurance (a legal term meaning writing under seal).


• By bill of sale.


• By contract.


• By exclusive songwriter’s agreement (provided that the claimant acquired all of the rights under the copyright, rather than the mere right to reproduce, distribute, perform, and/or display the work).


• By gift agreement.


• By memorandum confirming oral agreement.


• By mutual agreement.


• By note confirming oral agreement.


• By publishing agreement, by publishing contract, by agreement with publisher, publishing conveyance of copyright contract, or the like (provided that the claimant acquired all of the rights under the copyright, rather than the mere right to publish the work).


• By purchase agreement.


• By royalty agreement (provided that the claimant acquired all of the rights under the copyright, rather than the mere right to receive royalties from the use of the work).


• By settlement.


• By transfer of all rights.


• By transfer of all U.S. rights.


• By transfer of title.


• By trust agreement.


• By written agreement.


• By written assignment.


• By written consent.


• By written contract.

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