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

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917.2 (B) Authorship Unclear

917.2 (B) Authorship Unclear

Applicants should not use vague terms to describe the new authorship that the author contributed to an art reproduction. Likewise, applicants should not use terms that merely describe the tools or methods that the author used to create the work, such as “computer print,” “computer reproduction,” “block print,” “offset print,” “print,” or “photoengraving,” because this suggests that the applicant may be asserting a claim in an idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery.

If the author merely painted over areas of the source work, the registration specialist may communicate with the applicant if it appears that the applicant is attempting to register the authorship (if any) involved in restoring the source work to its original condition.

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