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1009.4 (A) (1) Date of First Publication for the Original Version of a Work

1009.4 (A) (1) Date of First Publication for the Original Version of a Work


If the applicant intends to register a work that was published on the original version of a website, the applicant generally should provide the month, day, and year that the work was first posted on that site.


Example:


• J.J. Cool created a website to promote his music career. On May 18, 2012 he uploaded several songs that have never been published before, and he offered them for sale for $1.99 apiece. J.J. intends to register the words, lyrics, and sound recordings embodied in these songs. J.J. submits a separate application for each work, and in each case, he states that the work was first published on May 18, 2012. The registration specialist will register the claims.