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1507.1 Hard Copy Format

 

1507.1 Hard Copy Format

 

Hard copy deposits are copies and phonorecords embodied in a physically tangible format. Examples of hard copy deposits include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

• Printed materials

• CDs

• DVDs

• Fabric

• Film

The deposit requirements for works fixed in hard copy format vary depending on whether the work is unpublished or published.

 

• Unpublished works: For unpublished works fixed in hard copy format, the applicant should submit one complete hard copy of the work. If the unpublished work is fixed in both electronic and hard copy format, the applicant may submit one complete copy in an electronic format (provided that the requirements set forth in Section 1507.2 have been met).

 

• Published works fixed solely in hard copy format: For published works fixed solely in hard copy format the applicant should submit complete copy(ies) or phonorecord(s) of the work in hard copy format.

 

• Published works fixed in both electronic and hard copy format: If the work was first published in both electronic and hard copy formats, the applicant generally must submit complete copy(ies) or phonorecord(s) in hard copy format. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (B) (1).

 

For a definition of the term “complete,” see Section 1505. For information on the deposit requirements for specific types of works that are typically fixed in hard copy format, see Sections 1509.1 through 1509.3.