U.S. Copyright Office to Provide New “Single Application”

The U.S. Copyright Office recently announced a new registration option called the “single application.” The option will be offered on an interim basis while the Office accepts public feedback.

The new option is only available for the simplest copyright claims, which must meet the following criteria:

  • Electronic registration only
  • Single author (does not include joint works)
  • Single claimant/owner (does not include works made for hire or works where the claimant/owner is different from the author, i.e., transferred ownership)
  • Single work (e.g., one song, one poem, one photograph. Does not include collective works, unpublished collections, units of publication, group registrations, databases, or Web sites).

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “It is important to the Copyright Office that registration be as simple, equitable, and economical as possible. The Office believes that providing an easier option for registration for those authors who file the simplest kind of application is worthwhile, and may encourage registration and foster the development of a more robust public record.”

The new option became available June 28, 2013. The U.S. Copyright Office will seek public comment on the amended regulations for 60 days and will then revisit whether additional changes are needed before the rule becomes final.

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