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1509.2 (D) (2) Published Choreographic Works and Pantomimes

1509.2 (D) (2) Published Choreographic Works and Pantomimes


To register a choreographic work or pantomime published in a motion picture, the applicant should submit one complete copy of the best edition of the motion picture. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2) (I) (I).


If the work was published in the United States in printed copies, the applicant generally should submit two complete copies of the best edition of the printed work. If the 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.


The criteria used to determine the best edition for a work published in printed copies are listed in section I of the “Best Edition Statement,” and the criteria for determining the best edition of a motion picture are listed in section III of the Statement. As discussed in Section 1504, the Best Edition Statement is set forth in Appendix B to Part 202 of the Office’s regulations. It 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).