17 USC 409
Application for copyright registration
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The application for copyright registration shall be made on a form prescribed by the Register of Copyrights and shall include--
(1)the name and address of the copyright claimant;
(2)in the case of a work other than an anonymous or pseudonymous work, the name and nationality or domicile of the author or authors, and, if one or more of the authors is dead, the dates of their deaths;
(3)if the work is anonymous or pseudonymous, the nationality or domicile of the author or authors;
(4)in the case of a work made for hire, a statement to this effect;
(5)if the copyright claimant is not the author, a brief statement of how the claimant obtained ownership of the copyright;
(6)the title of the work, together with any previous or alternative titles under which the work can be identified;
(7)the year in which creation of the work was completed;
(8)if the work has been published, the date and nation of its first publication;
(9)in the case of a compilation or derivative work, an identification of any preexisting work or works that it is based on or incorporates, and a brief, general statement of the additional material covered by the copyright claim being registered;
(10)in the case of a published work containing material of which copies are required by section 601 [17 USC 601] to be manufactured in the United States, the names of the persons or organizations who performed the processes specified by subsection (c) of section 601 [17 USC 601] with respect to that material, and the places where those processes were performed; and
(11)any other information regarded by the Register of Copyrights as bearing upon the preparation or identification of the work or the existence, ownership, or duration of the copyright.
If an application is submitted for the renewed and extended term provided for in section 304(a)(3)(A) [17 USC 304(a)(3)(A)] and an original term registration has not been made, the Register may request information with respect to the existence, ownership, or duration of the copyright for the original term.