Copyright Appeals

The U.S. Copyright Office has specific procedures regarding administrative review of the Office's refusals to register a claim to copyright.

Although the Copyright Office registers the vast majority of claims that are submitted, some claims will not meet the necessary threshold for registration. For example, the Office may determine upon initial examination that material deposited does not constitute copyrightable subject matter or does not comply with other legal requirements. In such cases, the Office refuses registration and notifies the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal.

After receiving notice of rejection, an applicant may appeal the refusal to register. There is a two level administrative reconsideration process. The decision at the second level - the Copyright Office's Review Board - is considered a final agency action. The Office may either uphold its refusal to register or decide that the applicant's work is registrable.

Our firm understands the intricacies of the registration process and is facile in drafting requests for reconsideration. Contact us for additional information or to schedule a consultation.