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1108.5 (A) (1) Final Edition Required; Early Editions and Local Editions Permitted

1108.5 (A) (1) Final Edition Required; Early Editions and Local Editions Permitted

Applicants must upload a complete copy of the final edition of each issue published during the month specified in the application. 37 C.F.R. § 202.4 (E) (6) (I).

If two or more editions were published on the same date, the applicant may submit the earlier edition(s) together with the final edition. Applicants also may include “local” editions of the newspaper if they were published within the same metropolitan area, such as the Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island editions of a New York City newspaper. See id.; see also H.R. REP. NO. 94-1476, at 153 (1976), reprinted in 1976 U.S.C.C.A.N. 5659, 5769 (authorizing “exceptions or special provisions” for “multipart newspaper editions”).

Applicants may not combine “national” or “regional” editions that were distributed outside a given metropolitan area, because they typically have different ISSN numbers, and thus, are considered different newspapers. To register a national or regional edition of a particular newspaper, applicants should submit a separate application, filing fee, and deposit for those issues. See Group Registration of Newspapers, 82 Fed. Reg. 51,369, 51,370 n.3 (Nov. 6, 2017).


• The morning edition and final edition of the Providence Post could be registered as a group.

• The Manhattan, Long Island, and Sussex editions of the New York Examiner could be registered as a group.

• The East Coast and West Coast editions of Show Biz Daily could not be registered as a group, although they could be registered as two separate groups.

In all cases, the early, local, and final editions for a particular date should be arranged in sequential reading order, and they should be combined within the same digital file (assuming the file does not exceed the 500 MB file size requirement discussed in Section 1108.5 (A) (4) below). See 82 Fed. Reg. at 51,375.

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