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Is the claimant also the author?
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However, any author can transfer or sell a copyright. For example, a writer can transfer a copyright to a publisher by contract. In addition, a copyright can be passed down by inheritance, will or gift.
Has any author transferred his or her copyright to someone else? In other words, are any of the copyright owners different from the authors?
Does your work contain any text from a copyrighted work (song lyrics, quotes, etc) or a work in the public domain? * Yes No
Your work must not contain any copyrighted song lyrics or text from any copyrighted work, or text from work in the public domain (because you may not copyright text that is already in the public domain). If you have copyrighted or public domain text in your work, you must remove it before you submit this copyright registration or it will be rejected by the US Copyright Office.
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Has this work been published? *
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If an earlier version of the work has been published, but this latest version that you are now seeking to copyright has not, then choose "No." In order to qualify as a new version, substantial changes must have been made. If there were only minor editorial revisions, it is considered to be the same version.
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