Form SE – Serial
INSTRUCTION: FORM SE
Serial works, such as magazines and newspapers, can be submitted for separate copyright using a Form SE. These documents can be obtained from the website maintained by the United States Copyright Office. Do not submit a Form SE for a contribution to a periodical or other serial work. A Form SE must be submitted separately for every installment of a continuously issued publication of this type.
Form SE Step 1: The first section records the exact title of the serial publication as it appears on the cover. Record the volume number, number of this issue, and the frequency with which this publication is issued. Where it says "date of copies," record the date as stated on the cover rather than the date of printing or other information.
Form SE Step 2: Every author seeking copyright should be listed in section 2. If they are anonymous or pseudonymous, they still must include information on the countries of both their citizenship and residence. Check "yes" next to "work for hire" only if you are sure that this is the case and has been discussed. If not, discuss with your employer or employee. The date of birth is optional, while the date of death is mandatory unless the author is anonymous.
Form SE Step 3: In section 3, when you are asked what year creation was completed, list the year in which the issue in question was published. Under section 3b, give the month, date, year and location where this issue was first published.
Form SE Step 4: Section 4 records the name of the copyright claimant, along with an explanation if this person is not the author.
Form SE Step 5: In section 5, note if this work has previously been copyrighted in a different form, by someone other than the author or if this is the first published version of something previously registered in unpublished form.
Form SE Step 6: Note any work which this publication incorporates and what substantial changes were made to it in section 6, if any.
Form SE Step 7: Section 7 records the mailing address for all correspondence with regards to this application for copyright.
Form SE Step 8: In Section 8, the person seeking copyright or their authorized representative should sign and date the application.