Selecting a Category

Which category should you select?

When completing your copyright application you should select the category that best corresponds
to the type of work you are registering.

If you are registering a work that contains more than one type of authorship, on the online copyright application select the category that corresponds to the predominant material.

For example:

    • If you are registering a book that is mostly written text and also contains a few photographs,
      select Written Work.
    • If you are registering a book that is mostly photographs and contains only a small amount of
      written text, select Photography.
    • If the two types are almost equal, choose either category.

Exceptions:

For any registration that includes a copyright claim in a sound recording, select Sound Recording
as the category, whether or not the sound recording is predominant.

If a work contains more than one type of authorship but you are registering only one element in it, select the category that corresponds to the element you are registering. For example, if a book is
mainly text with one illustration, but you are registering only the illustration, select Visual Arts.

Note: The category selected is for classification purposes only and has no effect on the validity or
legal benefits of the registration.

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