circ61 - Circular 61 2 61.0509 w Copyright Registration for...

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w Circular 61 2 61.0509 Copyright Registration for Computer Programs Defnition A “computer program” is a set of statements or instructions to be used directly or indirectly in a computer in order to bring about a certain result. Extent oF Copyright Protection Copyright protection extends to all the copyrightable expression embodied in the computer program. Copyright protection is not available for ideas, program logic, algorithms, systems, methods, concepts, or layouts. Registering a Copyright with the U.S. Copyright OFfce An application for copyright registration contains three essential elements: a completed application form, a nonrefundable Fling fee, and a nonreturnable deposit—that is, a copy or copies of the work being registered and “deposited” with the Copyright OfFce. Here are the options for registering your copyright, beginning with the fast- est and most cost-effective method. note: Copyright OfFce fees are subject to change. ±or current fees, please check the Copyright OfFce website at , write the Copyright OfFce, or call (202) 707-3000. Option 1: Online Registration Online registration through the electronic Copyright OfFce (eCO) is the pre- ferred way to register basic claims for literary works; visual arts works; perform- ing arts works, including motion pictures; sound recordings; and single serials. Advantages of online Fling include • a lower Fling fee • fastest processing time • online status tracking • secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright OfFce deposit account • the ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as elec- tronic Fles note: You can still register using eCO and save money even if you will submit a hard-copy deposit, which is required under the mandatory deposit requirements
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Copyright Registration for Computer Programs · 2 for published works. The system will prompt you to specify whether you intend to submit an electronic or a hard-copy deposit, and it will provide instructions accordingly. Hard-copy deposits are required for all published works. Basic claims include (1) a single work; (2) multiple unpub- lished works if they are all by the same author(s) and owned by the same claimant; and (3) multiple published works if they are all Frst published together in the same publication on the same date and owned by the same claimant. To access eCO, go to the Copyright OfFce website at www. copyright.go v and click on electronic Copyright OfFce. Option 2: Registration with Fill-In Form CO The next best option for registering basic claims is the new Fll-in ±orm CO. Using 2- d barcode scanning technology, the OfFce can process these forms much faster and more efF- ciently than paper forms completed manually. Simply com- plete ±orm CO on your personal computer, print it out, and
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2010 for the course PHYS 021 taught by Professor Dick during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

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