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1509.2 (F) (3) Motion Pictures Contained in Formats That Cannot Be Viewed by the U.S. Copyright Office

1509.2 (F) (3) Motion Pictures Contained in Formats That Cannot Be Viewed by the U.S. Copyright Office


The U.S. Copyright Office may not have equipment needed to examine a motion picture for copyrightable authorship. If so, the registration specialist may ask the applicant to resubmit the work in a different format.


Alternatively, the specialist may proceed with his or her examination without requesting a viewable copy of the motion picture, provided that (I) the applicant submitted a separate written description of the work, such as a continuity, pressbook, synopsis, or the final shooting script, and (ii) the written description sufficiently identifies the copyrightable material in the work, and includes the following information:


• The continuing title of the work and the episode title (if any);


• The nature and general content of the program and its dialog or narration (if any);


• The running time; and


• All credits appearing on the work, including the copyright notice (if any).


37 C.F.R. § 202.21 (G).