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1509.2 (F) (1) Unpublished Motion Pictures

1509.2 (F) (1) Unpublished Motion Pictures


To register an unpublished motion picture, the applicant should submit one complete copy of the work, together with a separate written description of the work. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2)(ii).


As a general rule, the applicant may submit an unpublished motion picture in any format, provided that the registration specialist can examine the work using the Office’s standard equipment. For example, the applicant may upload a copy of the work through the electronic registration system, provided that it is submitted in one of the acceptable file formats discussed in Section 1508.1, and provided that the registration specialist can examine the work using the Office’s standard equipment. Alternatively, the applicant may submit the work on a videodisc, such as a DVD, Blu-ray disc, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or on a flash drive.

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