Literary Works include a wide variety of works such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, textbooks, reference works, directories, catalogs, advertising copy, compilations of information, computer programs and databases.
These types of works usually explain, describe, or narrate a particular subject, theme, or idea through the use of narrative, descriptive, or explanatory text (rather than dialog or dramatic action). Generally, they are intended to be read; they are not intended to be performed before an audience.
Note: This category also includes an article that has been published in a serial, but does not include an entire issue of a periodical or other serial publication.
Works of the Performing Arts include the following types of works: a musical work such as a song (with or without lyrics); a dramatic work, such as a screenplay or script; a pantomime, or a choreographic work. Important information about completing the “author created” field on the “Author” screen: If your claim is in a musical work (with or without lyrics), select Work of the Performing Arts, regardless of whether the format is print or audio. Note: A musical work is a separate work from a recorded performance of the musical work -the sound recording. Sound recordings are works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken or other sounds, but not including the sounds accompanying a motion picture. If your claim includes both the musical work and the recorded performance of that work, select Sound Recording. For more information on registration of this type of claim, please see Circular 56a.
Visual Arts work include a wide range of pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works of art. This category also includes architectural works. Examples of pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works include two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art; photographs; prints and art reproductions, maps, and technical drawings. Examples of architectural works include buildings and architectural plans. For more information about registration of pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, please see Circular 40.
Sound Recordings are works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken or other sounds. Sound recordings typically contain performance and/or production authorship. Sound recordings include audio recordings fixed in a phonorecord, such as CD, vinyl, cassette, audio tape, or digital audio files (wav, mp3, etc.). Sound recordings do not include midi files, audiovisual works, videos, or motion picture soundtracks. Select Sound Recording if your claim includes sound recording authorship (performance/production). If you are not claiming a sound recording, but instead are claiming the music and/or lyrics contained in that recording, select “Work of the Performing Arts” (regardless of whether the format is print or audio). If you are claiming both the sound recording and the music, lyrics, or other work contained in that recording, select “Sound Recording.” Important information about completing the “Author created” field on the “Authors” screen: If you are claiming only the sound recording, check the box for “Sound recording.” If you are claiming both the sound recording and the recorded work (such as a musical, dramatic, or literary contained in the sound recording), check the box for “Sound recording.” In the “Other” field, describe the author’s contribution to the recorded work, for example, “lyrics and music” (for a song) or “text” (for a recorded dramatic or literary work). For more information, see the “Help” text on the “Authors” screen. Note: A sound recording and the recorded work (such as music and lyrics) may be registered with one application only if (i) the author(s) named in the application contributed to both works, or (ii) if the copyright claimant owns all rights in both works through a written transfer of copyright. For more information about registration of Sound Recordings, please see Circular 56.
Motion Picture/Audio Visual works are audiovisual works consisting of a series of related images which, when shown in succession, impart an impression of motion, together with accompanying sounds, if any. Motion pictures include the following types of works: feature films, documentary films, animated films television shows videos For more information on registration of Motion Pictures, please see Circular 45. Audiovisual Works are works that consist of a series of related images that are intended to be shown by the use of a machine or device, together with accompanying sounds, if any. Audiovisual works include the following types of works: videogames PowerPoint presentations Important information about completing the “Author created” field on the “Authors” screen: For audiovisual works, describe the author’s contribution as “audiovisual work” in the “Other” field.
Publication results from the distribution of copies 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 distribute copies to a group of persons for purposes of further distribution, public performance, or public display. A public performance or display does not, by itself, constitute "publication".
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