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37 CFR--PART 202

View Printed Federal Register page 85 FR 37346 in PDF format.

Amendment(s) published June 22, 2020, in 85 FR 37346

Effective Dates: Aug. 17, 2020

4. Amend §202.4 as follows:

a. Add paragraph (j).

b. In paragraph (n), in the first sentence, remove “paragraphs” and add in its place “paragraph” and in the second sentence, remove “paragraphs (c), (g), (h), (i), or (k)” and add in their place “paragraph (c), (g), (h), (i), (j), or (k)”.

The addition reads as follows:

§202.4   Group Registration.

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(j) Group registration of short online literary works. Pursuant to the authority granted by 17 U.S.C. 408(c)(2), the Register of Copyrights has determined that a group of literary works may be registered in Class TX with one application, the required deposit, and the filing fee required by §201.3(c) if the following conditions are met:

(1) The group may include up to 50 short online literary works, and the application must specify the total number of short online literary works that are included in the group. For purposes of this section, a short online literary work is a work consisting of text that contains at least 50 words and no more than 17,500 words, such as a poem, short story, article, essay, column, blog entry, or social media post. The work must be published as part of a website or online platform, including online newspapers, social media websites, and social networking platforms. The group may not include computer programs, audiobooks, podcasts, or emails. Claims in any form of authorship other than “text” or claims in the selection, coordination, or arrangement of the group as a whole will not be permitted on the application.

(2) All of the works must be published within a three-calendar-month period, and the application must identify the earliest and latest date that the works were published.

(3) All the works must be created by the same individual, or jointly by the same individuals, and each creator must be named as the copyright claimant or claimants for each work in the group.

(4) The works must not be works made for hire.

(5) The applicant must provide a title for each work and a title for the group as a whole.

(6) The applicant must complete and submit the online application designated for a group of short online literary works. The application may be submitted by any of the parties listed in §202.3(c)(1).

(7) The applicant must submit one complete copy of each work. The works must be assembled in an orderly form with each work in a separate digital file. The file name for each work must match the title as submitted on the application. All of the works must be submitted in one of the electronic formats approved by the Office, and must be uploaded to the electronic registration system in a .ZIP file. The file size for each uploaded .ZIP file must not exceed 500 megabytes.

(8) The applicant must submit a sequentially numbered list containing a title/file name for each work in the group. The list must also include the publication date and word count for each work. The numbered list must be contained in an electronic file in Excel format (.xls), Portable Document Format (PDF), or other electronic format approved by the Office, and the file name for the list must contain the title of the group and the case number assigned to the application by the electronic registration system (e.g., “Title Of Group Case Number 16283927239.xls”).

(9) In an exceptional case, the Copyright Office may waive the online filing requirement set forth in paragraph (j)(6) of this section or may grant special relief from the deposit requirement under §202.20(d), subject to such conditions as the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of the Office of Registration Policy and Practice may impose on the applicant.

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