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

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1509.1 (G) Databases

1509.1 (G) Databases

This Section discusses the deposit requirements for registering a specific version of a single-file or multi-file database.

NOTE: When a specific version of a database has been infringed, the copyright owner may be eligible to claim statutory damages if that version was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office before the infringement began or within three months after that version was first published. See 17 U.S.C. § 412. A registration for a specific version of a database does not cover previously published versions of that database. Likewise, it does not cover any subsequent updates or revisions that may be made to the database, regardless of whether the database is published or unpublished. However, the Office has established a special procedure that allows applicants to register a database together with the subsequent updates or revisions that were made to that database within a period of three months or less. The deposit requirements for this group registration option are discussed in Chapter 1100, Section 1112.7.

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