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621.8 (F) Identifying Previously Registered Material That Should Be Excluded from the Claim

621.8 (F) Identifying Previously Registered Material That Should Be Excluded from the Claim


If the applicant intends to register a work that contains an appreciable amount of material that has been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, the applicant should provide the registration number for that material and the year that the registration was issued.


Likewise, if the work contains an appreciable amount of material that was previously submitted for registration (but has not been registered yet), the applicant should provide the case number/service request number for the previous application. In the alternative, the applicant may state “pending” and provide the date that the previous application was submitted.


When completing an online application, the applicant should provide this information on the Limitation of Claim screen in the field marked Previous Registration.


When completing a paper application, the applicant should provide this information on space 5 of the application. Specifically, the applicant should check the “yes” box that appears on space 5 under the heading Previous Registration. The registration number that has been assigned to the previous registration should be provided under the heading Previous Registration Number. The year that the previous registration was issued should be provided under the heading Year of Registration.


If the Office has issued multiple registrations for the unclaimable material, the applicant should provide the registration number and year of registration for the two most recent registrations.


If the work submitted for registration does not contain an appreciable amount of previously registered material, the Previous Registration field/space should be left blank.

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