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1103.1 What Is a Unit of Publication?


1103.1 What Is a Unit of Publication?


A unit of publication is a package of separately fixed component works that are physically bundled together for distribution to the public as a single, integrated unit, and all of the works are first published in that integrated unit. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (B) (4).


The following are representative examples of works that may be distributed to the public in a single, integrated unit that may qualify as a unit of publication:


• A board game with playing pieces, game board, and instructions.


• A package of greeting cards.


• A CD packaged with cover art and a leaflet containing lyrics.


• A book published with a CD-ROM.


• A multimedia kit containing a book, a compact disc, and a poster.


• A multi-DVD package with multiple disks containing a motion picture, trailers, and deleted scenes from the motion picture.


• A box set of music CDs.


• A videogame stored on a disc packaged together with an instruction booklet and a pamphlet.


• A computer program stored on a disc packaged together with a booklet containing a user’s manual.


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