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1509.2 (F) (2) (B) Motion Pictures Published in a Foreign Country on or after January 1, 1978

1509.2 (F) (2) (B) Motion Pictures Published in a Foreign Country on or after January 1, 1978


If the motion picture was published solely in a foreign country on or after January 1, 1978, and if the work was published in only one format, the applicant should submit one complete copy of the work as published in that format.


If the motion picture was published solely in a foreign country, and if the work was published in more than one edition, the applicant should submit one complete copy of the first published edition. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (1)(iv).


If the motion picture was first published in a foreign country, and then subsequently published in the United States, the applicant may submit one complete copy of the edition that was first published in the foreign country. Alternatively, the applicant may submit one complete copy of the “best edition” that was published in the United States, provided that the content of the U.S. edition is identical to the content of the foreign edition. See id. For information concerning the best edition requirement, see Section 1509.2 (F) (2) (A).

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