Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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1508 How to Submit a Registration Deposit

1508 How to Submit a Registration Deposit

The applicant should submit registration deposit copy(ies) at the same time that the application and filing fee are submitted. Depending on the type of application and the deposit requirements for the work, the deposit copy(ies) may be submitted electronically or in hard copy format. These options are discussed in Sections 1508.1and 1508.2. For information concerning the difference between an electronic copy and a hard copy, see Sections 1507.1 and 1507.2.

NOTE: To examine a work for copyrightable authorship, the U.S. Copyright Office’s Registration Program must be able to view or listen to the deposit material without the need to enter a password. Therefore, a deposit copy or phonorecord should not contain digital rights management controls or otherwise require a password to unlock the copyrighted material, regardless of whether it is uploaded in electronic format or submitted in a hard copy (i.e., physically tangible) format. Additionally, deposit copies and phonorecords must not contain any built-in limitations on the period of use.

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