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4 Form VA
Detach and read these instructions before completing this form

Make sure all applicable spaces have been filled in before you return this form

When to Use This Form: As a general rule, you may use Form VA for copyright and the same is true of standard symbols, emblems, and other commonly used graphic
registration of a published or unpublished work of the visual arts. This category designs that are in the public domain. When used commercially, material of that sort
includes “pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works,” such as two-dimensional and three- can sometimes be protected under state laws of unfair competition or under the federal
dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art; photographs; prints and art trademark laws. For information about trademark registration, call the U.S. Patent and
reproductions; and maps, globes, charts, technical drawings, diagrams, and models. Trademark Office, at 1-800-786-9199 (toll free) or go to www.uspto.gov

Important note: This form may be used to register one published work or one unpub- Deposit to Accompany Application: An application for copyright registration must be
lished work. This form cannot be used to register a “collection” of two or more works. accompanied by a deposit consisting of copies representing the entire work for which
Any paper application submitted with more than one work may be refused. To regis- registration is to be made

ter multiple unpublished works, you must use the online application for “A Group of Unpublished Work: Deposit one complete copy

Unpublished Works.” To register multiple photographs, you must use the online appli- Published Work: Deposit two complete copies of the best edition

cation for “Published Photographs” or “Unpublished Photographs.” For information Work First Published Outside the United States: Deposit one complete copy of
about these applications, see Multiple Works (Circular 34). the first foreign edition

Likewise, this form cannot be used to register an architectural work, such as the Contribution to a Collective Work: Deposit one complete copy of the best edition
design of a house, office building, church, museum, or other humanly habitable struc- of the collective work

ture. To register a published or unpublished architectural work, you must submit the
“Standard” online application through the electronic registration system. For informa- The Copyright Notice: Before March 1, 1989, the use of copyright notice was man-
tion about this application, see Copyright Registration of Architectural Works (Circular 41). datory on all published works, and any work first published before that date should
have carried a notice. For works first published on and after March 1, 1989, use of
What Does Copyright Protect? Copyright in a work of the visual arts protects those the copyright notice is optional. For more information about copyright notice, see
pictorial, graphic, or sculptural elements that, either alone or in combination, repre- Copyright Notice (Circular 3)

sent an “original work of authorship.” The statute declares: “In no case does copyright
protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, For Further Information: To speak to a Copyright Office staff member, call
system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free). Recorded information is available
which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.” 24 hours a day. Order forms and other publications from the address in space 9 or call
(202) 707-9100 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free). Access and download circulars, forms, and
Works of Artistic Craftsmanship and Designs: You may register “works of artistic other information from the Copyright Office website at www.copyright.gov

craftsmanship” on Form VA, but the statute makes clear that protection extends to
“their form” and not to “their mechanical or utilitarian aspects.” The “design of a useful
PRIVACY ACT ADVISORY STATEMENT Required by the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579)
article” is considered copyrightable “only if, and only to the extent that, such design The authority for requesting this information is title 17 U.S.C. §409 and §410. Furnishing the
incorporates pictorial, graphic, or sculptural features that can be identified separately requested information is voluntary. But if the information is not furnished, it may be necessary to delay
from, and are capable of existing independently of, the utilitarian aspects of the article.” or refuse registration and you may not be entitled to certain relief, remedies, and benefits provided
in chapters 4 and 5 of title 17 U.S.C

The principal uses of the requested information are the establishment and maintenance of a
Labels and Advertisements: Works prepared for use in connection with the sale or public record and the examination of the application for compliance with the registration require-
advertisement of goods and services may be registered if they contain “original work of ments of the copyright code

Other routine uses include public inspection and copying, preparation of public indexes, prepa-
authorship.” Use Form VA if the copyrightable material in the work you are registering ration of public catalogs of copyright registrations, and preparation of search reports upon request

is mainly pictorial or graphic; use Form TX if it consists mainly of text. Note: Words NOTE: No other advisory statement will be given in connection with this application. Please keep
this statement and refer to it if we communicate with you regarding this application

and short phrases such as names, titles, and slogans cannot be protected by copyright,
Please type or print using black ink. The form is used to produce the certificate

1 SPACE 1: Title
Title of This Work: Every work submitted for copyright registration must be
2 SPACE 2: Author(s)
General Instruction: After reading these instructions, decide who are the
given a title to identify that particular work. If the copies of the work bear a title (or an “authors” of this work for copyright purposes. Then, unless the work is a “collective
identifying phrase that could serve as a title), transcribe that wording completely and work,” give the requested information about every “author” who contributed any appre-
exactly on the application. Indexing of the registration and future identification of the ciable amount of copyrightable matter to this version of the work. If you need further
work will depend on the information you give here. space, request Continuation Sheets (Form CON). In the case of a collective work, such
Publication as a Contribution: If the work being registered is a contribution to a as a catalog of paintings or collection of cartoons by various authors, give information
periodical, serial, or collection, give the title of the contribution in the “Title of This about the author of the collective work as a whole

Work” space. Then, in the line headed “Publication as a Contribution,” give information Name of Author: The fullest form of the author’s name should be given. Unless the
about the collective work in which the contribution appeared. work was “made for hire,” the individual who actually created the work is its “author.”
Nature of This Work: Briefly describe the general nature or character of the pic- In the case of a work made for hire, the statute provides that “the employer or other
torial, graphic, or sculptural work being registered for copyright. Examples: “Oil person for whom the work was prepared is considered the author.”
Painting”; “Charcoal Drawing”; “Etching”; “Sculpture”; “Map”; “Photograph”; “Scale What Is a “Work Made for Hire”? A “work made for hire” is defined as: (1) “a work
Model”; “Lithographic Print”; “Jewelry Design”; “Fabric Design.” prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment”; or (2) “a work
Previous or Alternative Titles: Complete this space if there are any additional titles specially ordered or commissioned for use as a contribution to a collective work, as a
for the work under which someone searching for the registration might be likely to part of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, as a translation, as a supplementary
look, or under which a document pertaining to the work might be recorded. work, as a compilation, as an instructional text, as a test, as answer material for a test, or
as an atlas, if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the Transfer: The statute provides that, if the copyright claimant is not the author,
work shall be considered a work made for hire.” If you have checked “Yes” to indicate the application for registration must contain “a brief statement of how the claimant
that the work was “made for hire,” you must give the full legal name of the employer obtained ownership of the copyright.” If any copyright claimant named in space 4 is
(or other person for whom the work was prepared). You may also include the name not an author named in space 2, give a brief statement explaining how the claimant(s)
of the employee along with the name of the employer (for example: “Elster Publishing obtained ownership of the copyright. Examples: “By written contract”; “Transfer of all
Co., employer for hire of John Ferguson”). rights by author”; “Assignment”; “By will.” Do not attach transfer documents or other
“Anonymous” or “Pseudonymous” Work: An author’s contribution to a work is attachments or riders

“anonymous” if that author is not identified on the copies or phonorecords of the
work. An author’s contribution to a work is “pseudonymous” if that author is identified
SPACE 5: Previous Registration
on the copies or phonorecords under a fictitious name. If the work is “anonymous”
you may: (1) leave the line blank; or (2) state “anonymous” on the line; or (3) reveal
the author’s identity. If the work is “pseudonymous” you may: (1) leave the line blank; General Instructions: The questions in space 5 are intended to find out
or (2) give the pseudonym and identify it as such (for example: “Huntley Haverstock, whether an earlier registration has been made for this work and, if so, whether there is
pseudonym”); or (3) reveal the author’s name, making clear which is the real name any basis for a new registration. As a rule, only one basic copyright registration can be
and which is the pseudonym (for example: “Henry Leek, whose pseudonym is Priam made for the same version of a particular work

Farrel”). However, the citizenship or domicile of the author must be given in all cases. Same Version: If this version is substantially the same as the work covered by a pre-
Dates of Birth and Death: If the author is dead, the statute requires that the year of vious registration, a second registration is not generally possible unless: (1) the work has
death be included in the application unless the work is anonymous or pseudonymous. been registered in unpublished form and a second registration is now being sought to
The author’s birth date is optional but is useful as a form of identification. Leave this cover this first published edition; or (2) someone other than the author is identified as a
space blank if the author’s contribution was a “work made for hire.” copyright claimant in the earlier registration, and the author is now seeking registration
Author’s Nationality or Domicile: Give the country of which the author is a citi- in his or her own name. If either of these two exceptions applies, check the appropriate
zen or the country in which the author is domiciled. Nationality or domicile must be box and give the earlier registration number and date. Otherwise, do not submit Form
given in all cases. VA. Instead, write the Copyright Office for information about supplementary registra-
Nature of Authorship: Categories of pictorial, graphic, and sculptural authorship tion or recordation of transfers of copyright ownership

are listed below. Check the box(es) that best describe(s) each author’s contribution to Changed Version: If the work has been changed and you are now seeking registra-
the work. tion to cover the additions or revisions, check the last box in space 5, give the earlier
3-Dimensional sculptures: Fine art sculptures, toys, dolls, scale models, and sculp- registration number and date, and complete both parts of space 6 in accordance with
tural designs applied to useful articles. the instruction below

2-Dimensional artwork: Watercolor and oil paintings; pen and ink drawings; logo Previous Registration Number and Date: If more than one previous registration
illustrations; greeting cards; collages; stencils; patterns; computer graphics; graphics has been made for the work, give the number and date of the latest registration

appearing in screen displays; artwork appearing on posters, calendars, games, com-
mercial prints and labels, and packaging; artwork applied to useful articles; designs
SPACE 6: Derivative Work or Compilation
reproduced on textiles, lace, and other fabrics and on wallpaper, carpeting, floor tile,
wrapping paper, and clothing

Reproductions of works of art: Reproductions of preexisting artwork made by, for General Instructions: Complete space 6 if this work is a “changed ver-
example, lithography, photoengraving, or etching. sion,” “compilation,” or “derivative work,” and if it incorporates one or more earlier
Maps: Cartographic representations of an area, such as state and county maps, works that have already been published or registered for copyright, or that have fallen
atlases, marine charts, relief maps, and globes. into the public domain. A “compilation” is defined as “a work formed by the collec-
Photographs: Pictorial photographic prints and slides and holograms. tion and assembling of preexisting materials or of data that are selected, coordinated,
Jewelry designs: 3-dimensional designs applied to rings, pendants, earrings, neck- or arranged in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original
laces, and the like. work of authorship.” A “derivative work” is “a work based on one or more preexisting
Technical drawings: Diagrams illustrating scientific or technical information in works.” Examples of derivative works include reproductions of works of art, sculp-
linear form, such as blueprints or mechanical drawings. tures based on drawings, lithographs based on paintings, maps based on previously
Text: Textual material that accompanies pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, such published sources, or “any other form in which a work may be recast, transformed, or
as comic strips, greeting cards, game rules, commercial prints or labels, and maps. adapted.” Derivative works also include works “consisting of editorial revisions, anno-
tations, or other modifications” if these changes, as a whole, represent an original work
of authorship

SPACE 3: Creation and Publication
Preexisting Material (space 6a): Complete this space and space 6b for derivative
works. In this space identify the preexisting work that has been recast, transformed, or
General Instructions: Do not confuse “creation” with “publication.” Every adapted. Examples of preexisting material might be “Grunewald Altarpiece” or “19th
application for copyright registration must state “the year in which creation of the century quilt design.” Do not complete this space for compilations

work was completed.” Give the date and nation of first publication only if the work Material Added to This Work (space 6b): Give a brief, general statement of the addi-
has been published. tional new material covered by the copyright claim for which registration is sought

Creation: Under the statute, a work is “created” when it is fixed in a copy or pho- In the case of a derivative work, identify this new material. Examples: “Adaptation of
norecord for the first time. If a work has been prepared over a period of time, the part design and additional artistic work”; “Reproduction of painting by photolithography”;
of the work existing in fixed form on a particular date constitutes the created work on “Additional cartographic material”; “Compilation of photographs.” If the work is a
that date. The date you give here should be the year in which the author completed the compilation, give a brief, general statement describing both the material that has been
particular version for which registration is now being sought, even if other versions compiled and the compilation itself. Example: “Compilation of 19th century political
exist or if further changes or additions are planned. cartoons.”
Publication: The statute defines “publication” as “the distribution of copies or pho-
norecords of a work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental,
lease, or lending”; a work is also “published” if there has been an “offering to distrib-
SPACE 7, 8,9: Fee, Correspondence,
Certification, Return Address
ute copies or phonorecords to a group of persons for purposes of further distribution,
public performance, or public display.” Give the full date (month, day, year) when, and
the country where, publication first occurred. If first publication took place simultane- Deposit Account: If you maintain a deposit account in the Copyright Office, identify
ously in the United States and other countries, it is sufficient to state “U.S.A.” it in space 7a. Otherwise, leave the space blank and send the fee with your application
and deposit

Correspondence (space 7b): Give the name, address, area code, telephone number,
SPACE 4: Claimant(s)
email address, and fax number (if available) of the person to be consulted if correspon-
dence about this application becomes necessary

Name(s) and Address(es) of Copyright Claimant(s): Give the name(s) and Certification (space 8): The application cannot be accepted unless it bears the date
address(es) of the copyright claimant(s) in this work even if the claimant is the same as and the signature of the author or other copyright claimant, or the owner of exclusive
the author. Copyright in a work belongs initially to the author of the work, including, in right(s), or the duly authorized agent of the author, claimant, or owner of exclusive
the case of a work made for hire, the employer or other person for whom the work was right(s)

prepared. The copyright claimant is either the author of the work or a person or orga- Address for Return of Certificate (space 9): The address box must be completed leg-
nization to whom the copyright initially belonging to the author has been transferred. ibly since the certificate will be returned in a window envelope

Copyright Office fees are subject to change. For
current fees, check the Copyright Office website
at www.copyright.gov, write the Copy­right Office,
3 Form VA For a Work of the Visual Arts
or call (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free)

Clear Form
Privacy Act Notice: Sections 408-410 of title 17 of the United States
Code authorize the Copyright Office to collect the personally identifying
information requested on this form in order to process the applica-
tion for copyright registration. By providing this information you are EFFECTIVE DATE OF REGISTRATION
agreeing to routine uses of the information that include publication
to give legal notice of your copyright claim as required by 17 U.S.C

§705. It will appear in the Office’s online catalog. If you do not provide
the information requested, registration may be refused or delayed, Month Day Year
and you may not be entitled to certain relief, remedies, and benefits
under the copyright law


PUBLICATION AS A CONTRIBUTION If this work was published as a contribution to a periodical, serial, or collection, give information about the
collective work in which the contribution appeared. Title of Collective Work ▼
If published in a periodical or serial give: Volume ▼ Number ▼ Issue Date ▼ On Pages ▼
Year Born ▼ Year Died ▼
WORK A “WORK MADE FOR HIRE”? Name of Country WORK If the answer to either
❑ Yes  ❑ No of these questions
Under the law,
❑ Yes
❑ No
OR { Citizen of
Domiciled in
Pseudonymous? ❑ Yes  ❑ No
is “Yes,” see detailed

the “author” of NATURE OF AUTHORSHIP Check appropriate box(es). See instructions
a “work made
for hire” is
generally the
❑ 3-Dimensional sculpture ❑ Map ❑ Technical drawing
employer, not
the employee
❑ 2-Dimensional artwork ❑ Photograph ❑ Text
(see instruc-
tions). For any
❑ Reproduction of work of art ❑ Jewelry design
part of this
work that was
“made for hire,”
check “Yes” Year Born ▼ Year Died ▼
in the space
provided, give
(or other
person for
WORK A “WORK MADE FOR HIRE”? Name of Country THE WORK If the answer to either
❑ Yes  ❑ No of these questions
whom the work
was prepared)
as “Author” of
that part, and
❑ Yes
❑ No
OR { Citizen of
Domiciled in
Pseudonymous? ❑ Yes  ❑ No
is “Yes,” see detailed

leave the NATURE OF AUTHORSHIP Check appropriate box(es). See instructions
space for dates
of birth and ❑ 3-Dimensional sculpture          ❑ Map ❑ Technical drawing
death blank

❑ 2-Dimensional artwork ❑ Photograph ❑ Text
❑ Reproduction of work of art    ❑ Jewelry design
a b
This information Complete this information Month Day Year
▼ ▼

must be given ONLY if this work
Year in all cases. has been published. Nation

COPYRIGHT CLAIMANT(S) Name and address must be given even if the claimant is the same as APPLICATION RECEIVED
the author given in space 2. ▼
See instructions
before completing TRANSFER If the claimant(s) named here in space 4 is (are) different from the author(s) named in
this space. space 2, give a brief statement of how the claimant(s) obtained ownership of the copyright. ▼
MORE ON BACK • Complete all applicable spaces (numbers 5-9) on the reverse side of this page. DO NOT WRITE HERE

• See detailed instructions. • Sign the form at line 8

Page 1 of     pages

PREVIOUS REGISTRATION Has registration for this work, or for an earlier version of this work, already been made in the Copyright Office?
❑ Yes ❑ No If your answer is “Yes,” why is another registration being sought? (Check appropriate box.) ▼
a. ❑ This is the first published edition of a work previously registered in unpublished form

b. ❑ This is the first application submitted by this author as copyright claimant

c. ❑ This is a changed version of the work, as shown by space 6 on this application

If your answer is “Yes,” give: Previous Registration Number ▼ Year of Registration ▼
DERIVATIVE WORK OR COMPILATION Complete both space 6a and 6b for a derivative work; complete only 6b for a compilation

a. Preexisting Material Identify any preexisting work or works that this work is based on or incorporates. ▼
a See instructions
before completing
this space

b. Material Added to This Work Give a brief, general statement of the material that has been added to this work and in which copyright is claimed. ▼
DEPOSIT ACCOUNT If the registration fee is to be charged to a Deposit Account established in the Copyright Office, give name and number of Account

Name ▼ Account Number ▼
CORRESPONDENCE Give name and address to which correspondence about this application should be sent. Name/Address/Apt/City/State/Zip ▼
Area code and daytime telephone number ( ) Fax number ( )
{ 8
CERTIFICATION* I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am the
❑ author
❑ other copyright claimant
check only one

❑ owner of exclusive right(s)
❑ authorized agent of
Name of author or other copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive right(s) ▲
of the work identified in this application and that the statements made by me in this application are correct to the best of my knowledge

Typed or printed name and date ▼ If this application gives a date of publication in space 3, do not sign and submit it before that date

Signature (X) ▼
Certificate Name ▼ • Complete all necessary spaces
• Sign your application in space 8
will be
window Number/Street/Apt ▼ 1. Application form
2. Nonrefundable filing fee in check or money
envelope order payable to U.S. Copyright Office
to this 3. Deposit material
address: City/State/Zip ▼ MAIL TO:
Library of Congress
U.S. Copyright Office-VA
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20559-6000
*17 U.S.C. §506(e): Any person who knowingly makes a false representation of a material fact in the application for copyright registration provided for by section 409, or in any written statement filed in connection
with the application, shall be fined not more than $2,500

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