How to Register Copyright in a Software Application: Part 2

Part 2 of a three-part article explaining how to register copyright in a software application using Form CO.



Registering Copyright Using Form CO: Part 2

This is a continuation of a three-part article on registering copyright on software programs. Here is a link to the first part: How to Register a Software Application Using Form CO Part 1: Completing Section 1.

Okay, we’re returning to Form CO, Section 2.

Section 2 - Author Information

2A** or 2B - Personal name/Organization name. Complete either 2A or 2B but not both. The person who created the work is the “author.” Provide your name, unless you wish to be anonymous or pseudonymous. A co-author is someone who, at the time the work was created, made a copyrightable contribution. Complete section 2B only if the software application is made for hire in which case the hiring party is the author.

Learn more about works for hire and employer-employee authorship/ownership of software programs.

2C - Doing business as. You can leave this blank unless you’ve transferred software application ownership to a company using a DBA.

2D - Year of birth & 2E - Year of death. Give the year the author was born (and deceased, if applicable). The year of birth is optional but is very useful as a form of author identification because many authors have the same name. Your birth date will be made part of the online public Copyright Office records and cannot be removed later.

2F - Citizenshipâ

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