Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer
Filing a new application on the same material will cause confusion, so you want to contact the copyright office to try to correct the information, and if they are unable to do so then you can cancel the registration and file a new one with the correct info. To correct an error in a copyright registration, you can file with the Copyright Office a "supplementary registration Form CA".
Do you have your arrangement (e.g. who is the author, who own the copyright) in writing?...that would be good to have for the future in case a conflict arises or he claims otherwise.
I see. Making false statements in a copyright application is illegal:
"False Representation. — Any person who knowingly makes a false representation of a material fact in the application for copyright registration provided for by section 409, or in any written statement filed in connection with the application, shall be fined not more than $2,500."
So you need to exert some pressure on the filer in order to get them to correct the situation....if you feel you cannot do anything on your own, I suggest having an attorney send them a letter demanding they take corrective action and cease to represent/claim they own the copyright or are authors etc....effectively a type of "cease a desist" letter that demand some action under the threat of a legal action / lawsuit
A new filing "might" be rejected (depends on whether the previous one has been fully processed) and they catch the similarity....but you do not really have anything to lose by trying and its cheap so in this situation you should go ahead and do so.
you're welcome...that is definitely a good first step...and in the end if the ownership/rights ever come into question, I doubt they will oppose you as he knows you are the true author/owner
if there is any evidence or record of your authorship, hold onto that in case you need it
that is good that you have those notes etc. yes, it may be hard, it's always take effort to correct such situations or enforce your rights...but hopefully it will never come to any serious conflict