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1501 What This Chapter Covers

1501 What This Chapter Covers


This Chapter discusses the deposit requirements for a variety of creative works. The term “deposit” is frequently misunderstood. It refers to the copy or copies of a work that are submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office. It does not refer to the filing fee that must be paid in order to register a work with the Office.


This Chapter is divided into two parts: Sections 1503 through 1510 discuss the deposit requirements for copyright registration, while Section 1511 discusses the mandatory deposit requirement (i.e., the deposit to the Library of Congress that is required of all works that are published in the United States). The information in this Chapter applies only to works subject to copyright protection under the 1976 Copyright Act.


• For a discussion of the deposit requirements for works first copyrighted under federal law prior to January 1, 1978, see Chapter 2100.


• For a discussion of the deposit requirements for mask works, see Chapter 1200, Section 1210.2 (C).


• For a discussion of the deposit requirements for vessel designs, see Chapter 1300, Section 1313.