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1509.2 (F) (4) (A) Who May Enter Into the Motion Picture Agreement?

1509.2 (F) (4) (A) Who May Enter Into the Motion Picture Agreement?


The Motion Picture Agreement may be used by the owner of copyright in a published work or the owner of the exclusive right of publication (including the exclusive right to distribute the work in the United States). The Agreement only refers to works first published in the United States.


The Agreement may also be used by the owner of copyright in a work initially published outside the United States, but later published in this country prior to the date of deposit. Works published only outside the United States may be made subject to the Agreement if (I) the owner of copyright executes the Motion Picture Agreement together with the Standard Modification of the Agreement, and (ii) if that party has an established business office in the United States or has designated an agent in the United States with express authority to receive service in the event the Agreement is breached.


Applicants may request a copy of the Standard Modification of the Motion Picture

Agreement by calling the Office’s Motion Picture Team at (202) 707-8182.