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:
- The work was created by more than one person.
- Any part of this work was created or co-created by two or more people.
- The work is based on a work created by another person, such as a translation or a musical arrangement. For information concerning “derivative works,” click here.
- The work is a “work made for hire.” For information concerning works made for hire, click here.
- The work was created by someone who is deceased.
- The person who created the work does not own the copyright in this work.
- The copyright in this work is co-owned by two or more people.
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.
IF the work meets ANY of the following criteria
ONLY if the work meets ALL of the following criteria
You plan to submit any of the following types of works:
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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