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U.S. copyright law Edit
|“||the official filing in the public records of the U.S. Copyright Office of a document having to do with copyright. The purpose of recordation is to make a public record of the facts in the document.||”|
The U.S. Copyright Office creates records of documents relating to a copyrighted work, a mask work, or a vessel hull design that have been recorded in the U.S. Copyright Office. Documents may involve transfers of rights from one copyright owner to another, security interests, contracts between authors and publishers, and notices of termination of grants of rights.
Copyright registration and recordation are two separate procedures: claims to copyright are registered, while documents related to copyright claims are recorded. Registering a claim to copyright is not a substitute for recording a document with the U.S. Copyright Office, and recording a document is not a substitute for registering a claim to copyright.
- ↑ Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, Glossary, at 14.
- "Overview" section: Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, at 7.