Claims to copyright in either published or unpublished musical works may be registered in the Copyright Office.
Published collections of musical works and all the copyrightable elements of a unit of publication can be submitted for registration online with one application and a single fee* if all the compositions are owned by the same copyright claimant. For details on deposit requirements for published works, see Circular 50, Copyright Registration for Musical Compositions.
Unpublished collections of two or more musical works can be submitted for registration online with one application and a single fee and a deposit of one complete copy or phonorecord only if all the conditions are met as specified under the topic heading “Collections of Music” in Circular 50. Registration of an unpublished collection of compositions extends to each copyrightable selection in the collection, but only the collection title appears in the Copyright Office catalogs and indexes. A separate registration for each musical work results in a separate record of the individual title of work in the catalogs and indexes of the Copyright Office. A separate registration also may simplify identification of the work for purposes of licensing, transfer, permission, and distribution of royalties.
See the reverse side of this letter for details on registration procedures. See Circular 50 for additional information on the deposit requirements. For further information on registration, see SL-35, The Copyright Office Offers Online Registration. For further information on copyright, deposit requirements, and registration procedures, see Circular 1, Copyright Basics. These publications are available on the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov and by calling the Forms and Publications Hotline at (202) 707-9100.
|*NOTE: Copyright Office fees are subject to change. For current fees, please check the Copyright Office website, write the Copyright Office, or call (202) 707-3000.|
FL-105, Revised May 2009