Affidavit of Protection


    Select from the dropdown menu below which entry best describes the “Type of Work” you seek to protect.


    Literary Work


    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.

    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.

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    Visual Arts Works


    Visual Arts works 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.

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    Sound Recordings


    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.”

    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.

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    Work of the Performing Arts


    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.

    • 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.

    If your claim is in a motion picture or other audiovisual work, select Motion Picture.

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    Motion Pictures


    Motion Pictures 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

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    Audiovisual Works


    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

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    Single Series Issue


    A Single Serial Issue is an individual issue of a serial publication. A serial is a work that is published in successive issues bearing numerical or chronological designations (such as "Volume 2, Issue Number 3, Volume 2, Issue Number 4, etc."). The issues are published under the same continuing title and they are intended to be continued indefinitely.

    Examples of works that may be registered with this application include periodicals, newspapers, magazines, bulletins, newsletters, annuals, journals, proceedings of societies, and other collective works.

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    I declare (or certify, verify, or  state)  under penalty of perjury under the laws of the  United States  of America that the foregoing is true and correct.

    Note: If this application gives a date of publication in space 3, do not sign and submit it before that date.

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