[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 37, Volume 1]
[Revised as of July 1, 1999]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 37CFR201.6]

[Page 347-348]
PART 201--GENERAL PROVISIONS--Table of Contents
Sec. 201.6  Payment and refund of Copyright Office fees.

    (a) In general. All fees sent to the Copyright Office should be in 
the form of a money order, check or bank draft payable to the Register 
of Copyrights. Coin or currency sent to the Office in letters or 
packages will be at the remitter's risk. Remittances from foreign 
countries should be in the form of an International Money Order or Bank 
Draft payable and immediately negotiable in the United States for the 
full amount of the fee required. Uncertified checks are accepted subject 
to collection. Where the statutory fee is submitted in the form of a 
check, the registration of the copyright claim or other record made by 
the Office is provisional until payment in money is received. In the 
event the fee is not paid,

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the registration or other record shall be expunged.
    (b) Deposit accounts. Persons or firms having a considerable amount 
of business with the Copyright Office may, for their own convenience, 
prepay copyright expenses by establishing a Deposit Account.
    (c) Refunds. Money remitted to the Copyright Office for original, 
basic, supplementary or renewal registration will not be refunded if the 
claim is rejected because the material deposited does not constitute 
copyrightable subject matter or because the claim is invalid for any 
other reason. Payments made by mistake or in excess of the statutory fee 
will be refunded, but amounts of $50 or less will not be refunded unless 
specifically requested, and refunds of less than $2 may be made in 
postage stamps. Before making any refund for fees remitted in relation 
to nonregistration copyright services, the Copyright Office shall deduct 
an administrative processing fee in an amount equivalent to one hour of 
the requested service, or the minimum fee set by statute for the 
    (d) Return of deposit copies. Copies of works deposited in the 
Copyright Office pursuant to law are either retained in the Copyright 
Office, transferred for the permanent collections or other uses of the 
Library of Congress, or disposed of according to law. When an 
application is rejected, the Copyright Office reserves the right to 
retain the deposited copies.

(17 U.S.C. 702, 708(c))

[24 FR 4955, June 18, 1959, as amended at 46 FR 25442, May 7, 1981; 56 
FR 7813, Feb. 26, 1991; 59 FR 38371, July 28, 1994]