Chapter 500 - Identifying the Work(s) Covered by a Registration
This Chapter provides guidance on how to identify the work that the applicant intends to register with the U.S. Copyright Office. It explains how to identify the copyrightable authorship that can be submitted for registration and how to describe the claim to copyright in that authorship. This Chapter assists copyright owners, courts, and the general public in understanding the scope of a registered copyright claim. It also provides a general overview of certain forms of authorship and ownership that are recognized under the copyright law, including joint works, works made for hire, derivative works, compilations, and collective works.