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1509.2 (F) Motion Pictures

 

1509.2 (F) Motion Pictures

 

This Section discusses the deposit requirements for motion pictures created or published on or after January 1, 1978. For information concerning motion pictures published before that date, see Chapter 2100. For information concerning a musical work that was published solely in a motion picture, see Section 1509.2 (A) (2) (D).

 

To register an unpublished or published motion picture, the applicant should submit one complete copy of the work. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2)(ii). In addition, the applicant should submit a separate written description of the nature and general content of the work, such as a continuity, pressbook, or synopsis. Id.

 

A copy of a motion picture is complete when “the reproduction of all of the visual and aural elements comprising the copyrightable subject matter in the work is clean, undamaged, undeteriorated, and free of splices, and if the copy itself and its physical housing are free of any defects that would interfere with the performance of the work or that would cause mechanical, visual, or audible defects or distortions.” 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (B) (2)(vii).