Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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624.3 Completing the Application: Certification

624.3 Completing the Application: Certification 624.3 (A) Online Applications

When completing an online application, the applicant will be asked to certify the application on the Certification screen. Specifically, the applicant should provide the first and last name of the individual who is certifying the application in the space marked “Name of Certifying Individual” and should check the box that reads “I certify that I am the author, copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive rights, or the authorized agent of the author, copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive rights of this work and that the information given in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge.” 37

C.F.R. § 202.3 (C) (3)(ii). There is no need to date the certification in an online application; the date will be added automatically when the application is received by the U.S. Copyright Office. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (C) (3)(iv).

If the certification box has not been checked, or if a name is not provided in the field marked “Name of Certifying Individual,” the application will not be accepted by the electronic registration system.

For guidance concerning the Note to Copyright Office field on the Certification screen, see Section 605.2 (A).

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