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1509.1 (F) (3) Source Code That Does Not Contain Trade Secret Material

1509.1 (F) (3) Source Code That Does Not Contain Trade Secret Material


This Section discusses the deposit requirements for submitting source code that does not contain trade secret material.


The applicant should submit a portion of the source code for the specific version that the applicant intends to register. Specifically, the applicant should submit one copy of the first twenty-five pages and the last twenty-five pages of the source code for that version. In addition, the applicant should submit the page of the source code that contains the copyright notice (if any) for that version. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2)(vii) (A) (1).


If the source code does not have a precise beginning, middle, or end, the applicant should submit fifty pages that represent the specific version that the applicant intends to register.


If the entire program is fifty pages or less, the applicant should submit the entire source code. In addition, the applicant should inform the U.S. Copyright Office that the entire code has been submitted. When submitting an online application this information should be provided in the Note to Copyright Office file; when submitting a paper application on Form TX this information should be provided in a cover letter.