Question 1: Are you registering one work (one song, one poem, one illustration, etc.)?

Check “No” if you are registering any of the following:

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.

The following are representative examples of works that do not constitute “one work” for the purposes of registration.


Multiple Works

Literary Works Musical Works Sound Recordings

NOT

Eligible 

Check

“NO”

  • Two or more poems

  • Two or more stories

  • Two or more articles

  • Two or more songs

  • One song and accompanying liner notes

  • One song and accompanying artwork

  • Two or more sound recordings
     
  • One sound recording and accompanying liner notes

  • One sound recording and accompanying artwork

Visual Arts Works Dramatic Works Motion Pictures and
Audiovisual Works
  • Two or more photographs

  • Two or more drawings

  • Two or more illustrations on a single page

  • A portfolio of photographs

  • A collection or set containing multiple pieces of jewelry
  • Two or more scripts

  • Two or more treatments

  • One script and accompanying illustrations

  • One musical play including a script and songs
  • Two or more screenplays

  • Two or more “selfie videos”

  • Two or more videogames


Multiple Versions of the Same Work

Literary Works Musical Works Sound Recordings

NOT

Eligible 

Check

“NO”

  • Two or more versions of the same story

  • Two or more versions of the same computer program

  • Two or more versions of a manuscript

  • Two or more versions of the same song

  • More than one performance of the same song

  • Two or more versions of the same sound recording

  • More than one “remix” of the same sound recording

Visual Arts Works Dramatic Works Motion Pictures and
Audiovisual Works
  • Two or more versions of the same logo

  • Two or more versions of the same fabric or wallpaper design

  • Two or more drawings of the same subject

  • Two or more versions of the same script or screenplay

  • Two or more versions of the same treatment

  • Two or more versions of the same video

  • Two or more versions of the same videogame


Specific Types of Works That Do Not Qualify as “One Work”

Literary Works Musical Works Sound Recordings

NOT

Eligible 

Check

“NO”

  • Websites

  • Databases

  • Serials

  • Dictionaries

  • Directories

  • Encyclopedias

  • Translations

  • Albums

  • Albums
Visual Arts Works Dramatic Works Motion Pictures and
Audiovisual Works
  • Websites

  • Photographic databases

  • Board games

  • Architectural works

  • Musical plays

  • Choreography

  • Any video that features more than one actor or performer

  • Any motion picture that is not a “selfie video”

  • Choreography


The following are representative examples of works that may constitute “one work” for the purposes of registration.

Works that May Qualify as “One Work”

Literary Works Musical Works Sound Recordings

May Be

Eligible 

Check

“YES”

  • One poem

  • One short story

  • One article

  • One essay

  • One non-fiction monograph

  • One novel
  • One song with music and/or lyrics

  • One instrumental composition

  • One sound recording

  • One recording of one song

Visual Art Works Dramatic Works Motion Pictures and Audiovisual Works
  • One photograph

  • One drawing

  • One logo

  • One carpet design

  • One fabric design

  • One wallpaper design

  • One map

  • One technical drawing of one object

  • One piece of jewelry

  • One poster

  • One sculpture

  • One screenplay

  • One script

  • One treatment
  • One “selfie video”

  • One videogame

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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