Question 2: Are you the only author and owner of the work (or the agent of the individual author who is also the only owner)?

Check “No” if any of the following situations are applicable to the work you are registering:

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR SONGS: Do you want to register one song containing music and/or lyrics by the same person? If you are planning to submit a recording of that song, YOU MUST CHECK “NO” if two or more singers, musicians, or other performers are featured in the recording. Likewise, YOU MUST CHECK “NO” if the person who wrote the music and/or lyrics is not featured on the recording, or if that person is featured on the recording with additional singers, musicians, or other performers. Moreover, YOU MUST CHECK “NO” even if you intend to register the song (i.e., the music and/or lyrics) and intend to exclude the sound recording (i.e., the actual recording of the song) from your claim.

Check NO
IF the work meets ANY of the following criteria
Check YES
ONLY if the work meets ALL of the following criteria
  • Two or more people created or co-created this work.

  • Two or more people created or co-created some or all of the material you intend to submit to the Copyright Office.

  • The material you intend to submit to the Copyright Office contains content that was created or co-created by two or more individuals.

  • The work is a “joint work.”

  • You intend to submit a “derivative work” that is based on another person’s work.

  • The person who created this work is deceased.

  • The person who created the work does not own the copyright in this work.

  • The person who created the work transferred the copyright to another party.

  • The work is owned by someone other than the person who created the work.

  • The work is co-owned by two or more people.

  • The work is a “work made for hire.”
  • You plan to submit any of the following types of works:

  • One book with a foreword, an afterword, or other content created by different individuals.

  • One book containing photograph(s) or illustration(s) by two or more individuals.

  • One song with music by one person and lyrics by a different person.
  • Only one individual created the work.

  • All of the material you intend to submit to the Copyright Office was created by the same individual.

  • The work is not a “joint work.”

  • The individual who created the work is alive.

  • The individual who created the work is the sole copyright owner of the work.

  • The individual who created the work has not transferred the copyright to another party.

  • The work is not a “work made for hire.”

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ANSWER “YES” TO THIS QUESTION AND IF THE COPYRIGHT OFFICE DETERMINES THAT YOUR WORK DOES NOT MEET ALL OF THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS, THERE WILL BE DELAYS IN THE EXAMINATION OF YOUR CLAIM, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL FEE, AND THE OFFICE WILL ASSIGN A LATER EFFECTIVE DATE OF REGISTRATION TO YOUR CLAIM.

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