February 14, 2002 A.D.
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA
Subject: Copyright Registration Status of “The Federal Zone:
Cracking the Code of Internal Revenue” (all editions)
Dear Copyright Office:
I am writing to request from you the status of My completed Form TX: Application for Copyright Registration, signed by Me on June 21, 2001 A.D.
Later, I received the USPS Form 3811 (“green card”) indicating that, on July 23, 2001 A.D., you did receive My application, fee, and deposit of two (2) printed and bound copies of the best edition. See 17 U.S.C. 408(a) and (b)(2).
Since I have not heard from you concerning the status of My application for copyright registration, I must ask that you confirm whether or not registration has been refused. Please also send a receipt for the $30.00 filing fee, which was tendered via standard bank check.
See 17 U.S.C. 411(a) and Nova Stylings, Inc. v. Ladd, 695 F.2d 1179 (9th Cir. 1983) (a party may now sue for infringement notwithstanding the refusal of the Register to register the claim to copyright).
It is my understanding that, if you have refused registration, I am still entitled to institute an action for infringement as long as notice and a copy of the complaint are served on the Register of Copyrights.
This latter case was recently appealed to the Ninth Circuit because the United States District Court erred (in part) by adopting a finding that I never registered My copyright.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell
Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
Author, Damaged Party and Plaintiff
c/o General Delivery
copy: Clerk of Court
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