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1108.1 What Is a Newspaper?


1108.1 What Is a Newspaper?


For purposes of this group registration option, a newspaper is defined as a periodical that is mainly designed to be a primary source of written information on current events, either local, national, or international in scope. A newspaper contains a broad range of news on all subjects and activities and is not limited to any specific subject matter.


Newspapers are intended for either the general public or a particular ethnic, cultural, or national group. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (E) (1).


Newspapers are considered “periodicals” for purposes of registration. A periodical is “a collective work that is issued or intended to be issued on an established schedule in successive issues that are intended to be continued indefinitely. In most cases, each issue will bear the same title, as well as numerical or chronological designations.” 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (B) (3).


The group registration option may be used to register any newspaper that satisfies this definition, regardless of whether the Library of Congress has selected that newspaper for its collections. See Group Registration of Newspapers, 82 Fed. Reg. 51,369, 51,371 (Nov. 6, 2017).


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