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1906.2 Offering to Distribute Copies or Phonorecords for the Purpose of Further Distribution, Public Performance, or Public Display

1906.2 Offering to Distribute Copies or Phonorecords for the Purpose of Further Distribution, Public Performance, or Public Display


Section 101 of the Copyright Act states that “offering to distribute copies or phonorecords to a group of persons for purposes of further distribution, public performance, or public display, constitutes publication.” 17 U.S.C. § 101. In other words, the copies or phonorecords must be offered to a group of persons for one or more of the purposes listed in the statute. Publication does not occur when copies or phonorecords are offered for any other purpose, such as offering them to a group of persons for private use, private performance, or private display.

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