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1509.2 (C) (2) Published Dramatic Works

1509.2 (C) (2) Published Dramatic Works


To register a dramatic work published in the United States in visually perceptible copies, the applicant generally should submit two complete copies of the best edition of the work. If the dramatic work was published solely in electronic form, the applicant may submit a digital file containing one complete copy of the work. See Section 1507.2.


To register a dramatic work published on phonorecords in the United States, the applicant should submit one complete phonorecord containing the best edition of the work. As discussed in Section 1504, the criteria used to determine the best edition for a particular work are listed in the “Best Edition Statement,” which is set forth in Appendix B to Part 202 of the Office’s regulations. The Best Edition Statement is also posted on the Office’s website in Best Edition of Published Copyrighted Works for the Collections of the Library of Congress (Circular 7b).


If the dramatic work was published in a motion picture in the United States and if the dramatic work and the motion picture are authored and/or owned by the same party, the applicant may satisfy the deposit requirements for both works by submitting one complete copy of the motion picture together with the separate written description described in Section 1509.2 (F) (1). A separate copy of the screenplay is not required.


If the dramatic work and the motion picture are not authored or owned by the same party, the applicant may submit one compete copy of the screenplay together with the identifying material described in Section 202.21 (F) of the regulations in lieu of submitting an actual copy of the motion picture.