Proposed Amendments to Regulations Governing the Single Application

To coincide with technical upgrades to its current electronic registration system, the U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations to clarify the eligibility requirements for the Single Application, an online registration option that allows a single author to register a claim in one work that is solely owned by the same author and is not a work made for hire. Among other things, the proposed rule confirms that the Single Application may be used to register one sound recording and one musical work, literary work, or dramatic work—notwithstanding the fact that a sound recording and the work embodied in that recording are separate works. The proposed rule will also clarify the eligibility requirements for the Office’s Standard Application, which is used to register certain works that are ineligible for the Single Application. In addition, the proposed rule will allow for paper applications to be certified with an electronic signature by removing the requirement that certification includes a “handwritten” signature of the certifying party.

In addition, the proposed rule will eliminate the “short form” version of the Office’s paper applications and make technical amendments to the regulations governing preregistration, architectural works, mask works, vessel designs, the unit of publication registration option, and the group registration option for database updates.

Written comments must be received no later than March 8, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.