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621.8 (E) Examples for Identifying Unclaimable Material and the New Material That the Applicant Intends to Register

 

621.8 (E) Examples for Identifying Unclaimable Material and the New Material That the Applicant Intends to Register

 

This Section provides representative examples for completing the Author Created and New Material Included/Material Excluded fields in the online application and spaces 2, 6 (A), and 6 (B) in the paper application.

 

Examples:

 

• Online application for a motion picture based on the novel Little Women.

 

Author Created: Entire Motion Picture.

Material Excluded: Text.

New Material Included: Entire Motion Picture.

 

• Online application for a music book containing some original compositions and arrangements of Beethoven’s piano concertos.

 

Author Created/Other: Some original music and arrangement of public domain music.

Material Excluded/Other: Some public domain music. New Material Included/Other: Some original music and arrangement of public domain music.

 

• Online application for a new edition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with a new introduction.

 

Author Created/Other: Text of introduction.

Material Excluded/Other: Public domain play, Romeo and Juliet. New Material Included/Other: Text of introduction.

 

• Online application for a reissue of a previously published album containing remixed sound recordings, new photographs, and a previously unreleased bonus track.

 

Author Created/Other: One new sound recording, remixing of previously published sound recordings, some new photographs. Material Excluded/Other: Previously published sound recordings and photographs.

New Material Included/Other: One new sound recording, remixing of previously published sound recordings, some new photographs.

 

• Online application for a new catalog containing new artwork and new text, combined with text and artwork that appeared in a previous catalog.

 

Author Created: 2-dimensional artwork.

Author Created/Other: New text.

Material Excluded/Other: Previously published text and artwork.

New Material Included: 2-dimensional artwork.

New Material Included/Other: New text.

 

• Online application for a children’s book containing text by the author, as well as illustrations and clip art by a third party.

 

Author Created: Text.

Material Excluded/Other: Illustrations, clip art used with permission.

New Material Included: Text.

 

• Online application for an interview submitted by the interviewer.

 

Author Created/Other: Text of interviewer’s questions.

 

Material Excluded/Other: Text of interviewee’s answers.

New Material Included/Other: Text of interviewer’s questions.

 

• Online application for an illustrated edition of a children’s story by Hans Christian Anderson.

 

Author Created: 2-D artwork.

Material Excluded/Other: Text.

New Material Included: 2-D artwork.

 

• Online application for a revised version of a previously registered computer program.

 

Author Created/Other: New program code.

Material Excluded/Other: Previously registered version.

New Material Included/Other: New program code.

 

• Online application for a holiday ornament containing logos and artwork that are not owned by the copyright claimant.

 

Author Created: Sculpture, 2-D artwork.

Material Excluded/Other: Preexisting logos, 2-D artwork.

New Material Included: Sculpture, 2-D artwork.

 

• Online application for a revised map of downtown San Juan, Puerto Rico that shows the location of the new central business district.

 

Author Created: Map.

Material Excluded/Other: U.S. Geological Survey map, San Juan municipal maps.

New Material Included: Map.

 

• Paper application for a lithographic print of a nineteenth- century oil painting.

 

Space 2: Reproduction of work of art.

Space 6 (A): Artwork.

Space 6 (B): Reproduction of work of art.

 

• Paper application for a U.S. Geological Survey map with additional maps and text added.

 

Space 2: Maps, text.

Space 6 (A): Public domain map.

Space 6 (B): Maps, text.

 

• Paper application for a revised version of a previously registered screenplay.

 

Space 2: Revised text.

Space 6 (A): Previously registered screenplay.

Space 6 (B): Revised text.

 

For examples that illustrate how to complete an application to register a compilation, a collective work, or a contribution to a collective work, see Section 621.8 (D). For additional examples, use this link to access the “help” section of the U.S. Copyright Office’s electronic registration system.