1606.6 (C) Expected Date of Commercial Distribution
The applicant should identify the date that the commercial distribution of the work is expected to begin. Specifically, the applicant should provide the year that copies or phonorecords of the work in its complete and finished form are expected to be distributed to the public. Identifying the month and day that copies or phonorecords of the work are expected to be distributed is encouraged, but not required. When an application for preregistration is submitted at an early stage of the creative process, the anticipated release date is at best a prediction, rather than a binding commitment. See Preregistration of Certain Unpublished Copyright Claims, 70 Fed. Reg. 61,905, 61,906 (Oct. 27, 2005). Therefore, if the applicant cannot identify the expected date of commercial distribution, the applicant should provide a good faith estimate and check the box marked “Approximate.”
As discussed in Section 1603.4, the work must be unpublished as of the date that the application is submitted. An application will be questioned if the date of expected commercial distribution is the same as the date that the application is received in the U.S. Copyright Office, but an application received the day before the expected date of commercial distribution will be accepted.