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1509.2 (F) (4) The Motion Picture Agreement


1509.2 (F) (4) The Motion Picture Agreement


The Library of Congress may, at its sole discretion, enter into an agreement permitting the return of copies of published motion pictures to the applicant under certain conditions and establishing certain rights and obligations with respect to such copies on the part of both the applicant and the Library. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2)(ii).


The current Motion Picture Agreement states that after a motion picture has been registered, the deposit copy will be returned to the applicant upon written request. However, the applicant may be required to resubmit a copy of the work for the Library’s permanent collection within a period of two years. By signing the Agreement, the applicant agrees to provide the Library with a copy that meets the archival quality standards set forth in the Agreement in the event that the film is recalled. See Deposit Requirements; Motion Pictures, 43 Fed. Reg. 12,320, 12,322-24 (Mar. 24, 1978).


Applicants may request a copy of the Motion Picture Agreement by calling the Office’s Motion Picture Team at (202) 707-8182.


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