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

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920.4 Application Tips for Patterns, Stencils, and How-To Books

920.4 Application Tips for Patterns, Stencils, and How-To Books

To register a pattern, stencil, or how-to book, the applicant should describe the copyrightable content in the deposit using terms such as “text, “2-D artwork,” “photograph,” or “technical drawing,” as applicable. Applicants should not assert a claim in “pattern,” “project,” “activity,” or “craft.”

If the deposit copy(ies) identify the author or designer of the projects, crafts, or designs and if that author is not named in the application, the applicant should explain how the claimant acquired ownership of the copyright by checking the work made for hire box “yes” (if the work qualifies as a work made for hire) or by including an appropriate transfer statement. For guidance in completing these portions of the application, see Chapter 600, Sections 614 and 620.

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