Determining the Title Type

Common Situations
Sample Situations Select this “Title Type”
Work has only one title “Title of Work Being Registered”
Song on a CD or album “Title of Work Being Registered’

Album title if you’re not registering the entire album

“Title of Larger Work”

Album title if you are registering the entire album

“Title of Work Being Registered”

Track title on a CD if you are registering the entire CD

“Contents Titles”
Episode of a TV series “Title of Work Being Registered”
TV series "Series Title”
One article from a magazine “Title of Work Being Registered”

Magazine title if you’re not registering the entire magazine

“Title of Larger Work”
One book in a series “Title of Work Being Registered”

Book series if you’re not registering the entire series

“Series Title”
Previous or alternative title

"Previous or Alternative Title”

More Information on Title Types

Listed below are explanations of each title type.


Title of Work Being Registered—Examples

This is the title of the specific work you want to register. It is the main title by which the work is known. The work to be registered could be a single work like a novel, a collection of works or an individual contribution in a larger work.

Example Select “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this column

Select another Title Type for related titles as shown in this column

A novel, song, movie or painting entitled, The Sun Also Sets (no other related title)

The Sun Also Sets
Jane Smith Song Collection (if you are registering all the songs in it) Jane Smith Song Collection Select “Contents Titles” for each song title
Great Fishing Holes, an article published in Stream & Field magazine Great Fishing Holes Select “Title of Larger Work” for Stream & Field (Give the volume, number and issue date here, if applicable)
Midnight, a song on the album, All My Blues Midnight

Select “Title of Larger Work” for All My Blues”

Daytime, an album (if you are registering the whole album) Daytime Select “Contents Titles” for each track title
Mozart, one book in a series, The Great Composers Mozart

Select “Series Title” for The Great Composers (Give the number within the series here, if applicable)

Tina Goes Home, An episode of the TV series, All My Grandchildren Tina Goes Home

Select “Series Title” for All My Granchildren (Give the episode number here, if applicable)

Previous or Alternative Title— Examples

This is the previous or secondary title by which the particular work you want to register may be known. This may include the title in another language.

Example Select “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this column Select “Previous or Alternative Title” for title shown in this column
A song, novel, movie or painting entitled, My Old Ohio Home previously known under the title, Take Me Back to Cincinnati My Old Ohio Home Take Me Back to Cincinnati
A novel entitled, The Black and the Red, translated from the French novel, Le Noir et le Rouge The Black and the Red Le Noir et le Rouge

Title of Larger Work— Examples

This is the title of a larger work in which the work you want to register is included.

Example Select “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this column Select “Title of Larger Work” for titles as shown in this column
Melody in G, a song on the album, All of My Songs Melody in G All of My Songs
Running a Marathon, an article published in Field & Track magazine Running a Marathon

Field & Track (Include the issue date, volume, and number here, if applicable.)

Why I Live at the A&P, a story from the anthology, Stories by American Women Why I live at the A&P Stories by American Women

Series Title—Examples

This is the title of a series of which the work being registered is a part.

Example Select “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this column Select “Series Title" for the titles shown in this column

Life of Mozart, one book in the series, Lives of Great Composers

Life of Mozart Lives of Great Composers

Tina Goes Home, a screenplay for one episode of the TV series, All My Grandchildren

Tina Goes Home All My Grandchildren (Give the episode number if applicable)

Contents Title—Example

These are the titles of individual works within a collection.

Example Select “Title of Work Being Registered” for the title in this column Select “Contents Titles” for titles shown in this column
Jane Smith Collection of Songs, contains 3 songs, all of which are being registered Jane Smith Collection of Songs Beautiful Day,
Long Road to Nowhere,
Love in the City
Britney Shields 1st Album, contains 4 songs, all of which are being registered Britney Shields 1st Album

Young At Last,
Serenade,
Dance All Night,
Love At First Sight

FAQs about Title Types

What title types should I use to register:

One song on a CD?
“Title of Work Being Registered” “Title of Larger Work”
Midnight Blues My Blue Album

An entire CD including all the track titles?
“Title of Work Being Registered” “Contents Titles”
Britney Shields 1st album

Young At Last,
Serenade,
Dance All Night,
etc.

Collections

Unpublished Collection of Works

To register a group of works as an unpublished collection with a single application, the ownership of every work in the collection must be the same. In addition, at least one author must have contributed to every work in the collection.

Published Collection of Works

To register a group of works that have all been first published on the same day and in the same unit of publications with a single application, the ownership of every work must be the same.