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715.2 Copyrightable Authorship in Genealogies

715.2 Copyrightable Authorship in Genealogies


Although facts are not copyrightable, a genealogy may be registered as a literary work if it contains a sufficient amount of written expression. The application should be limited to the text, artwork, and/or photographs that the author contributed to the work (as applicable), the applicant should provide the name of the author who created that material, and the applicant should provide the name of the claimant who owns the copyright in that material. The Literary Division may accept a claim in “text” if the work contains a sufficient amount of written expression, and may accept a claim in “artwork” and/or “photograph(s)” if the work contains a sufficient amount of pictorial or graphic expression. Likewise, the Literary Division may accept a claim in “compilation” if the author exercised a sufficient amount of creativity in selecting, coordinating, and/or arranging the information that appears in the genealogy.