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1511.2 (E) Electronic Works

1511.2 (E) Electronic Works


In the case of an electronic work published in the United States that is available only online, a copy is “complete” “if it includes all elements constituting the work in its published form, i.e., the complete work as published, including metadata and formatting codes otherwise exempt from mandatory deposit.” 37 C.F.R. § 202.19 (B) (2)(iv).


Online-only works are exempt from the mandatory deposit requirement, except for electronic serials that have been demanded by the U.S. Copyright Office. 37 C.F.R. §§ 202.19 (C) (5), 202.24; Mandatory Deposit of Published Electronic Works Available Only Online, 75 Fed. Reg. 3863, 3865 (Jan. 25, 2010).

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