Request to Remove or Replace Personally Identifiable Information
As part of the registration process, the U.S. Copyright Office collects certain types of personally identifiable information (PII), such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails. The Copyright Office provides some of this information in its public catalog. If you have a specific privacy or safety concern about the availability of this information, you can ask the Office to remove or replace some types of PII in the online catalog, according to the limitations and procedures set forth in 37 CFR § 201.2(e). The fee for this service is $100 per registration record.
To submit a PII request, complete this web form below and follow the payment information provided in the confirmation screen and email after submitting the form.
Additionally, some applicants provide extraneous information that is not requested by the Office, such as Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and payment account numbers. The Office will remove this information from both the offline and online public records with no fee but will not annotate the records. Submit a request to remove extraneous information using the General Contact Us form.
For more information about the information the Copyright Office collects through registration and the PII removal process, see Privacy: Copyright Office Public Records.
- An online record cannot be removed.
- An author or claimant name can only be changed, not removed, in the online record if it is a legal name change and official documentation of the change is provided.
- An author or claimant name cannot be changed to a pseudonym or the name of a business or organization.
- A claimant address can only be changed, not removed, and a verifiable replacement address is required.
- This procedure should not be used to correct an error in an existing registration or to amplify the information given in an existing registration. Instead, use the supplementary registration.
- Business and organization names, addresses, and other information identifying the claimant cannot be removed or replaced using this procedure.