Copyright a Collection

Can you register more than one work on the same application?

You can save money and register several works together as a “collection” – on one application for
the same price – if each of the individual elements was created by the same author or at least one author contributed to each of the individual works.

For example, you can register a CD consisting of many songs, or register a collection of several
poems, stories, song lyrics, photographs, works of art, etc on a single application and pay only once.

On the online copyright application, you must give the entire collection a single title. It is not
necessary to list the individual titles, although you may.


Registering a Collection

A work may be registered in unpublished form as a “collection,” on one application form and for
one fee if:

    • The collection is given a single title.
    • All of the individual elements were created by the same person(s).
    • The copyright claimant in each individual work and in the collection as a whole is the same.
    • The collection is submitted all together.

Published works may only be registered as a collection if they were actually first published as a collection in the same calendar year.


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