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1511.8 Mandatory Deposit Requirements for Specific Categories of Works

1511.8 Mandatory Deposit Requirements for Specific Categories of Works


To satisfy the mandatory deposit requirement, copyright owners and owners of the exclusive right of publication generally should submit two complete copies of the best edition of the work, or in the case of a sound recording, two complete phonorecords of the best edition. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.19 (D) (1) (I), (ii). For a definition and discussion of the terms “best edition,” “complete copy,” and “complete phonorecord,” see Sections 1504 and 1505.


There are several exceptions to this rule. For certain types of works, a party may submit

(I) one copy or phonorecord instead of two, (ii) the work as first published instead of the best edition of the work, (iii) identifying material instead of copies or phonorecords, or

(iv) in the case of a serial publication, two complimentary subscriptions to the work. The specific exceptions for literary works, works of the performing arts, and visual arts works are set forth in Sections 1511.8 (A) through 1511.8(J).