Registration of Copyright: Definition of Claimant
The Copyright Office proposes to amend its regulations governing the definition of a "claimant" for purposes of copyright registration by eliminating the footnote to the definition of a "claimant" in § 202.3(a)(3)(ii). The footnote currently extends the definition of a claimant to include individuals or entities that have obtained the contractual right to claim legal title to copyright in an application for copyright registration. This amendment would clarify that the copyright claimant must be either the author of the work, or a person or organization that has obtained ownership of all of the exclusive rights initially belonging to the author. For further information, see www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2012/77fr29257.pdf and www.copyright.gov/laws/rulemaking.html.
Submission of Comments
Reply comments are due by 5:00 pm on October 4, 2012. All comments submitted electronically must be submitted as an attachment, and must be in a single file in either Adobe Portable Document File (PDF) format that contains searchable, accessible text (not an image); Microsoft Word; WordPerfect; Rich Text Format (RTF); or ASCII text file format (not a scanned document). The maximum file size is 6 megabytes (MB).The name of the submitter and organization should appear on both the form and the face of the comments. Commenters should use the browse button on the form below to attach the comment file to the form and then to submit the completed form to the Copyright Office.
The Copyright Office intends to post all comments from this proceeding on the Copyright Office website. For comments submitted electronically, the name and organization of the commenter from the comment form will be posted together with the entire attached comment document. Other information from the comment form will not be posted, but note that if the same information is included in the attached document it will be available on the Copyright Office website as part of the attachment.
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