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1509.3 (B) (2) Actual Copy(ies) Permitted in Some Exceptional Cases

1509.3 (B) (2) Actual Copy(ies) Permitted in Some Exceptional Cases


When registering the following types of works the applicant may submit one complete copy in lieu of identifying material:


• Published three-dimensional cartographic representations, such as globes and relief models. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2) (I) (A).


• Three-dimensional sculptural works fixed or published solely in the form of jewelry cast in base metal that does not exceed four inches in any dimension. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2) (I) (G), (C) (2)(xi) (B) (5).


• Games that include multiple three-dimensional parts that are packaged and published in a box or similar container with flat sides and with dimensions of no more than twelve by twenty-four by six inches. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2) (I) (G), (C) (2)(xi) (B) (3); see also Part 202–Registration of Claims to Copyright, Deposit Requirements, 43 Fed. Reg. 41,975, 41,976 (Sept. 19, 1978).


• Three-dimensional visual arts works fixed or published in or on a useful article that comprises one of the elements of the unit of publication for an educational or instructional kit that also includes a literary work, an audiovisual work, a sound recording, or any combination of such works. 37 C.F.R. § 202.20 (C) (2) (I) (G), (C) (2)(xi) (B) (2).


NOTE: For all other three-dimensional works, the applicant must submit identifying material instead of submitting an actual copy of the work. For information concerning the requirements for identifying material, see Section 1509.3 (C).