Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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1509.3 (A) (11) Visual Arts Works Fixed in a CD-ROM

1509.3 (A) (11) Visual Arts Works Fixed in a CD-ROM

To register a pictorial or graphic work that is fixed in a CD-ROM the applicant must submit one complete copy of the entire CD-ROM package, regardless of whether the work is published or unpublished. If the work is fixed in print as well as the CD-ROM, the applicant also should submit a printed version of the work that is embodied in the CD- ROM. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2)(xix) (A).

A complete copy of a published CD-ROM package includes all of the elements comprising the applicable unit of publication, “including elements that if considered separately would not be copyrightable subject matter or could be the subject of a separate

registration” and “including a complete copy of any accompanying operating software and instructional manual.” Id.

If a member of the Registration Program is unable to view the CD-ROM using standard Office equipment, the Office may accept alternative deposit materials under a grant of special relief (in addition to the complete CD-ROM package). See id. § 202.20 (C) (2)(xix) (B).

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