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901 What This Chapter Covers

901 What This Chapter Covers


This Chapter covers issues related to the examination and registration of visual art works. Visual art works include a wide variety of pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works and architectural works, which are discussed in more detail below.


• For a general overview of the registration process, see Chapter 200.


• For a general discussion of copyrightable authorship, see Chapter 300.


• For a discussion of who may file an application, see Chapter 400.


• For guidance in identifying the work that the applicant intends to register, see Chapter 500.


• For guidance in completing the fields/spaces of a basic application, see Chapter 600.


• For guidance on the filing fee, see Chapter 1400.


• For guidance on submitting the deposit copy(ies), see Chapter 1500.


In some cases, it may be possible to register multiple visual art works with one application and one filing fee by using the following options:


• The group registration option for unpublished works (GRUW).


• The group registration options for published photographs (GRPPH) or unpublished photographs (GRUPH).


• The group registration option for contributions to periodicals (GRCP).


• The registration accommodation for registering multiple works as a unit of publication.


For information concerning these options, see Chapter 1100, Sections 1103, 1106, 1110,

and 1114.


The U.S. Copyright Office uses the term “visual art works” and “works of the visual arts” to collectively refer to the types of works listed in Sections 903.1 and 903.2 below. This Chapter does not discuss “works of visual art,” which is a specific class of works that are eligible for protection under the Visual Artists Rights Act. See 17 U.S.C. § 101 (definition of “work of visual art”), 106A. For a definition of this term and for information concerning the Visual Arts Registry for such works, see Chapter 2300, Section 2314.


Likewise, this Chapter does not discuss the registration and examination of mask works or vessel designs, which are examined by the Visual Arts Division of the U.S. Copyright Office. For information on the registration and examination of mask works and vessel designs, see Chapters 1200 and 1300.

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