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1509.2 (H) Foreign Works of the Performing Arts

1509.2 (H) Foreign Works of the Performing Arts


To register an unpublished work of the performing arts that was created by a citizen or national of a foreign country, the applicant should submit one complete copy or phonorecord of the work that contains all the authorship claimed on the application.


To register a work of the performing arts that was published solely in a foreign country, the applicant should submit one complete copy or phonorecord of the work as first published in that country. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (1)(iv).


If the work was published in a foreign country and then subsequently published in the United States, the applicant may submit one complete copy or phonorecord of the work as first published in the foreign country. Alternatively, the applicant may submit one complete copy or phonorecord 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.

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