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1511.4 Mandatory Deposit for Works Published Outside the United States

1511.4 Mandatory Deposit for Works Published Outside the United States


Works published solely in a foreign country are not subject to the mandatory deposit requirement.


As a general rule, works that are published both in a foreign country and in the United States are subject to mandatory deposit. However, works that are published abroad and subsequently published in the United States without any change in the copyrightable content of the work are exempt from mandatory deposit if the following conditions have been met:


• The work was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office before it was published in the United States; or


• The work was registered after it was published in the United States but before the Office issued a demand for the work under Section 407 (D) of the Copyright Act.


37 C.F.R. § 202.19 (C) (10).