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923.2 Application Tips for Models

923.2 Application Tips for Models


To register a three-dimensional model or a model containing a combination of two- and three-dimensional authorship, the applicant should describe the work as a “sculpture” in the Author Created field (when completing an online application) or in the Nature of Authorship space (when completing a paper application using Form VA).


Applicants may use the term “reproduction of work of art” to describe a model that is a three-dimensional interpretation of a preexisting work of art, such as a three- dimensional model of the Mona Lisa. If the model is an original, sculptural interpretation of an uncopyrightable object that is not a work of art, such as a truck, a train, or the letter “G,” applicants should use the term “sculpture” rather than the term “reproduction of work of art.”


In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to provide a clear description of the creative authorship that the author contributed to the model using specific terms that distinguish the model from the object depicted. This information may be provided in the Note to Copyright Office field or in a cover letter. Doing so may avoid the need for correspondence that could delay the examination of the application.


If the work described in the application is a model of a work that is protected by copyright, the applicant should describe the new material that the author contributed to the model and should exclude the preexisting material from the claim in the appropriate fields or spaces of the application. For guidance in completing this portion of the application, see Chapter 600, Section 621.8. Such statements are encouraged, but not required, if the work described in the application is a replica of a useful article or an uncopyrightable object.