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808.11 (C) The Author Created Field and the Nature of Authorship Space

808.11 (C) The Author Created Field and the Nature of Authorship Space


When completing an online application, the applicant should describe the authorship that will be submitted for registration, either by checking one or more of the box(es) in the Author Created field or by providing an appropriate statement in the box marked “Other.” When completing a paper application, the applicant should provide this information in the Nature of Authorship space.


To register the entire work using the online application, the applicant may select the box marked “entire motion picture.” This term covers all of the authorship involved in creating a motion picture, including the screenplay, production, direction, cinematography, and editing. To assert a claim in a specific element of a motion picture, the applicant may select one or more of the following boxes:


• Production

• Directing

• Cinematography

• Editing

• Script/Screenplay


For a definition and discussion of these terms, see Chapter 600, Section 618.4 (C).


The “Other” box may be used to describe other types of authorship, such as “music.”


These same terms may be used when completing the Nature of Authorship space in the paper application.


For guidance in completing this portion of the application, see Chapter 600, Section 618.

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